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Those Who Knew: A Novel
by Idra Novey. Edition Date:: 11/06/2018
"Read this now, because everyone you know will be talking about it by early 2019." --Washington Post

From the award-winning author of Ways to Disappear, a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down.


On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.

Why didn't Lena speak up then, and will her family's support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman's death is wrong?

What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey's place as an essential new voice in American fiction.
About the Author

Idra Novey is the author of Those Who Knew, an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Best Book of the Month, and Ways to Dis­ap­pear, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize, the Brooklyn Library Prize for Fiction, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her fic­tion and poetry have been trans­lated into ten lan­guages and she's written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine. She's translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector's novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H.
 
 
 

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