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A beguiling debut novel about the stories we tell ourselves to survive, the scars that never fade, and the things we choose to call the truth

Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, a woman who will never know middle age, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date.

Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the heartbroken mother of the woman that Noa was imprisoned for killing. She tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa’s sentence and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison—if Noa will finally reveal what led her to commit her crime.

Noa and Marlene become inextricably linked through the law, shared sentiments of guilt, and irreversible mistakes in an unapologetic tale of love, anguish, and deception that is as unpredictable as it is magnificently original.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smart, cool, articulate, funny, and savvy—Noa P. Singleton dares you to put her story down.”

    Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An intense and gripping novel of betrayal and guilt that forces readers to confront their convictions and the limitations of their capacity for empathy.”

    Ayelet Waldman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fantastic first book.”

    Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth 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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Noa is endlessly complex and impossible to trust. Don’t try to outsmart her—you can’t. Just let her manipulate, shock, and maybe even move you.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “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

  • “Bracing and combative…a classic slow-burn, with Ms. Silver spinning the web…and masterfully revealing the threads that connect [the characters] to each other and to the crime…The novel proceeds to its heart-wrenching conclusion by a series of feints and betrayals that would make Gillian Flynn stand and applaud.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fantastic first novel…[A] minor flaw doesn’t interfere with the fun of doing some grown-up Nancy Drew sleuthing as the dark mystery unfurls…Silver makes us think critically about capital punishment without ever getting up on a soapbox or turning her great yarn into a civics lesson. As this unstoppable story bounds end-over-end to ‘X-Day,’ we are reminded that everybody is guilty of something. Forgiveness, freedom, and peace are rare commodities, and Silver keeps us guessing about whether or not we will find them here.”

    Washington Post

  • “I cannot recall a debut novel written more skillfully than The Execution of Noa P. Singleton…It works as a first-rate murder mystery…In terms of literary style, Silver reels off memorable sentence after memorable sentence. I look forward to reading her next book.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “In lucid, fast-moving prose, Elizabeth Silver, who comes well-equipped for the task with a JD and an MFA, constructs an intricate and thoughtful psychological thriller.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] tense and multi-layered first novel…Noa’s powerful voice, full of attitude and alienation, commands attention throughout the book…In Noa, Silver has created an articulate and intelligent protagonist who asks us to revisit our existing notions of victimhood.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A sophisticated debut novel… Silver deftly handles dark and weighty topics without ever sacrificing a literary attention to detail… But Silver is aiming for something more than good writing, satisfyingly complicated characters or a page-turning mystery…The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a not just a novel but a mirror upheld to a fragile, human criminal justice system.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “[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)

  • “A darkly witty, acerbic jigsaw puzzle of a first novel…[Silver] 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)

  • 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 Greek Love

  • “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 Fred & Edie

  • A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of The Excecution of Noa P. Singleton. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has taught ESL in Costa Rica, lectured at several universities in Philadelphia, and worked as a research attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She currently lives in Los Angeles.