May 19, 2013

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

cover image of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
Elizabeth L. Silver

Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, she sits on Pennsylvania's death row, just six months away from her execution date. Out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a Philadelphia attorney who is the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything she can to convince the governor to commute Noa's sentence--if Noa will finally reveal what led her to commit her crime. A searing and utterly original debut.