The Execution of Noa P. Singleton



The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver

An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive

Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, 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 mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. Marlene 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, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade: her story.
Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter’s death – events that Noa has never shared with a soul. With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.

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  • Jane W

    Sorry you had to leave early Tom. We didn't talk about you much. We did think to start September's suggestions early and one which seemed popular was The Book Thief. On the back of the glowing reviews from Bert and Kelly, I'm putting it forward before I forget.

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Tom

      I'm adding the new discussion thread now - please add there (I will forget otherwise)!

      July 25, 2013

  • Sue

    Great conversation!

    July 24, 2013

  • Tom

    We are in the back

    July 24, 2013

  • Tom

    Remember - we're at panera today!

    July 24, 2013

  • Pamela

    Unfortunately a former colleaque passed away yesterday and there is a service tomorrow evening so I will not be joining you all. The book was much better than I expected, I would have loved to hear others perceptions of the Noa and Marlene.

    July 23, 2013

  • Beverley F.

    My library has been unable to get the book for me. I do plan on reading it when I can get a copy. Would it still be ok to come on Wednesday even though I haven't read the book? In case anyone is wait listed, please let me know and I will change my rsvp.

    July 22, 2013

    • Tom


      July 22, 2013

  • Janet L.

    Unfortunately I have to miss this. Did read the book and enjoyed it. Hope to make the next one.

    July 22, 2013

  • Jen B

    I will be there at 7:15. Looking forward to it!

    July 20, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Will not be able to attend this meeting. I will be at the next meeting in August. I hope everyone enjoys the book!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't get this book in time. I'm sorry.

    July 15, 2013

  • kathy

    I wont have time to read this

    July 3, 2013

  • Monica R.

    I have to miss this one. Sorry for the late notice, I have a sick son.

    June 26, 2013

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