Uzodinma Iweala follows up his critically acclaimed debut Beasts of No Nation with a new novel that explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society – and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. In Speak No Evil, a Harvard-bound, Nigerian American teenager struggles with the recognition that he is gay – a secret only his best friend, the white daughter of top Washington, D.C. officials, knows. When his conservative, religious family discovers his secret, the fallout is brutal and swift, and the two friends find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Speak No Evil limns the power of words and self-identification, and asks urgently the questions of who can speak and who has the power to speak for other people. Iweala discusses his long-anticipated sophomore novel at Greenlight with renowned New Yorker journalist Larissa MacFarquhar (author of Strangers Drowning), followed by a signing and Q&A.
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