Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
This is Iweala’s long-awaited follow-up to Beasts of No Nation, the book behind the incredible 2015 film.
It follows a young Nigerian-American man coming to terms with his sexuality after his parents find gay apps on his phone, which was installed ‘playfully’ by his white, straight friend.
On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright.
But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer – an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders, and the one person who seems not to judge him.
Speak No Evil is a jarring exploration of privilege, sexuality and love that will captivate you from start to finish.
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