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Those Who Knew: A Novel (Paperback)

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Named a must-read book by * TIME * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * O, The Oprah Magazine * New York Magazine * Vulture * BBC * Esquire * NPR * Nylon * Refinery29 * The Huffington Post * New York Observer * The Millions * Chicago Review of Books * Poets & Writers * The Rumpus * LitHub * Bustle * Book Bub * Read It Forward * Kirkus Reviews * The AV Club * Domino 

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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.

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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.

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ISBN 9780525560586
Length (cm) 14.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 21.0000
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date Nov 5, 2019
Pages (number) 272
Genre Contemporary Fiction
Author Idra Novey
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

“Novey’s writing is so singularly vibrant Dreamy and jarring and exceedingly topical.”- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“Propulsive . . . Novey’s storytelling is taut and her diction sharp . . . The book [has a] striking sense of momentum. Add in a slight and intriguing sense of the supernatural, and the result is a provocative novel that has the feel of a thriller.”
Publishers Weekly

“The personal is political in this new novel from Novey. . . . By concentrating on the interconnected and very personal stories of each [character], Novey negotiates the surreal reality of an aging port city that is both victim and beneficiary of globalization. . . . Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

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