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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton Elizabeth L. Silver

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

Elizabeth L. Silver

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ISBN : 9780385347433
Hardcover
320 pages
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Before I Go to Sleep meets Defending Jacob, with a voice reminiscent of Lionel Shriver, in this story of a woman on death row, what she did to get there, and why she may not want the truth to come out.Six months before her execution date, Noa isMoreBefore I Go to Sleep meets Defending Jacob, with a voice reminiscent of Lionel Shriver, in this story of a woman on death row, what she did to get there, and why she may not want the truth to come out.Six months before her execution date, Noa is visited on Pennsylvanias death row by a high-powered attorney named Marlene Dixon who initiates a clemency petition on her behalf. Marlene also happens to be the mother of Noas victim, Sarah, and ten years earlier, she helped cement Noas fate on the witness stand. What unfolds is the haunting account of Noa P. Singleton, an insular, acerbic thirty-five-year-old woman who agrees to entertain this last-minute appeal because Marlene has unexpectedly reversed her belief in the death penalty.Marlene wants to know why her daughter died, and she scours Noas past to reveal the bright loner who took Sarahs life. Haunting those involved is the fact that the motive was never revealed, but Noa doesnt want to fight for her life, and she is only slowly persuaded to tell what happened that day. A character-driven story about two women whose lives are inextricably linked through the law, through shared sentiments of guilt, and through irreversible mistakes, Noa and Marlenes motivations become increasingly nebulous, and in the end they must accept that they are in fact a blurred spectrum of good and evil.