Those Who Knew

Those Who Knew

Book - 2018
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Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by * NPR * Esquire * O, The Oprah Magazine * Real Simple * BBC * PopSugar * Bustle * Kirkus Reviews * Lit Hub

"A gripping, astute, and deeply humane political thriller." --The Boston Globe

"Mesmerizing [and] uncannily prescient." --Los Angeles Times

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, from the award-winning author of Ways to Disappear.

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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780525560432
Branch Call Number: NOVEY I
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 11, 2019

Really enjoyed it

Jan 15, 2019

A really excellent book, slightly unusual arrangement of chapters, but I found it very intriguing. It would be excellent for a discussion with a book group. It describes the politics of an unnamed island nation. Their leaders were taking advantage of the populace, soliciting bribes and using anythingelse dishonest methods possible to enrich themselves. Most of the money in the country was held in the hands of a few fan families. I thought it was so well written, sparse language, describing perfectly what was happening.


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