Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, on tour June/July 2013

Posted By on May 9, 2013

The Execution of Noa P. SingletonAbout The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Crown (June 11, 2013)

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON: A Novel by astounding new voice Elizabeth L. Silver is a clever, gripping and psychologically astute debut novel about a young woman on death row, what she did to get there, and why she may never share the truth with a living soul.  It is unapologetic, unpredictable, and unforgettable. 

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON begins with Noa’s imminent death in a Pennsylvania penitentiary.  Incarcerated at the age of twenty-five for the murder of Sarah Dixon and having served ten years with little hope for appeal, Noa Singleton (prisoner No. 10271978) is ready to die.  Yet, six months before her execution date, she has an unexpected visitor, high-powered attorney Marlene Dixon.  Marlene, the mother of Noa’s victim, has initiated a clemency petition on Noa’s behalf.  But why would Marlene change her mind, and what does she want from Noa? As Noa’s prison memoir unfolds, we learn about the events leading up to Sarah’s murder, as well as the links binding Noa, Sarah, and Marlene’s fates.  Interspersed throughout the novel are Marlene’s confessional letters to her daughter that reveal clues exposing a past filled with love, anguish, and deception. But which story is sincere? As Noa’s execution date looms large, we are faced with truths just as sinister as the crime of which she has been accused.

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON is a fierce and haunting first novel that will leave you thinking about the legal system long after you’ve read the final page.

“Silver has written a darkly witty, acerbic jigsaw puzzle of a first novel about legal versus moral culpability… [and] explores convolutions of guilt and innocence beyond the law’s narrow scope with a sharpness and attention to detail that can be unnerving but demands attention.”Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

“[A] searing debut…This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Silver definitely delivers a thought-provoking examination of the criminal-justice system, providing a clear-eyed view of the artificial theatrics that dominate criminal trials and a heartfelt look at both grief and remorse. An intriguing debut from a writer to watch.”Booklist

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton kept me awake long after I had put it down. Halfway through this gripping novel, in which ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ ‘guilt’ and ‘innocence’ change positions more than once, I thought I was so clever I might know where this story was headed. But I was proved wrong in a way I never could have imagined. Congratulations to Elizabeth L. Silver for a fantastic first book that will keep readers awake all over the world.” —Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

“The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is mortal war between ferocious women, told with a fiery and merciless lyricism so beautiful it hurts.”—Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is an intense and gripping novel of betrayal and guilt that forces readers to confront their convictions and the limitations of their capacity for empathy. Elizabeth L. Silver is a gifted new writer, and her novel is certain to be a smash.”—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

“In The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth L. Silver puts the human factor front and center, to devastating effect.  Guilt and innocence, capital punishment, the living hell of death row, all these get their due, but at the heart of it is us, the ongoing mystery of what lies inside our souls.”—Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

“In this grippingly off-kilter thriller, a young woman sits on death row after being convicted of murder until a high-powered attorney – the victim’s mother – intervenes, leaving everyone to wonder why.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“Smart, cool, articulate, funny, and savvy—Noa P. Singleton dares you to put her story down.”—Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister

“Elizabeth L. Silver is a writer to watch out for, one of great scope and passion. Here she tackles a bold topic with skill, compassion and verve.”—Jill Dawson, author of Orange and Whitbred nominated Fred & Edie, The Great Lover, and Lucky Bunny

imagesAbout Elizabeth L. Silver

Silver, a writer, attorney, and former English teacher, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA Program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. She studied capital punishment with some of the nation’s leading anti-death penalty attorneys at the University of Texas School of Law at Austin, where she worked on a clemency petition, and later worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. As part of the clemency investigation, she visited death row, interviewed inmates and met with victim family members. While exploring the provocative and polarizing issues of the death penalty, Silver wanted to present both sides of the issue, and thus her novel was born. Silver’s taut writing, which has brought recognition from Glimmer Train, funding from the NEA, and writing residencies in Spain and France, carries the reader forward to the story’s shocking end.


Elizabeth L. Silver’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, June 10th:  A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, June 12th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Wednesday, June 12th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, June 13th:  BookChickDi – review

Saturday, June 15th:  BookChickDi – Weekend Cooking (excerpt)

Monday, June 17th:  Read Lately

Wednesday, June 19th:  Kritter’s Ramblings

Wednesday, June 19th:  Man of La Book

Thursday, June 20th:  Simply Stacie

Monday, June 24th:  The Best Books Ever

Tuesday, June 25th:  BookNAround

Wednesday, June 26th:  River City Reading

Wednesday, June 26th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Thursday, June 27th:  Booksnob

Tuesday, July 2nd:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Wednesday, July 3rd:  A Bookworm’s World

Friday, July 5th:  Book Hooked Blog

Friday, July 5th:  The Scarlet Letter

Friday, July 12th:  Sweet Southern Home


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