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
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
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