In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. Plot Margaret Claybourne returns to Virginia City after having abandoned her son years earlier. When the windbreaker refuses to sink, Meredith retrieves it and runs to the Ikemadu house to give the windbreaker directly to Obi. The war to which Niru's father refers, the reason why he emigrated from Nigeria to the United States, was the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970, also known as the Biafran War. Niru left the bar to avoid getting into a fight with the hostile white crowd. A Girl is A Body of Waterby Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, A powerful portrait of a young Ugandan girl and her family. become a member today. Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala's second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake. • Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala is published by John Murray (£18.99). This "beyond the book" feature is available to non-members for a limited time. After the race, Obi offers to allow Niru to drive his pride and joy--a very expensive Range Rover--home. Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. Author Bio, First Published: Speak No Evil. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. While Howard wonders aloud why libraries are still in existence, Terry hears a scream in the distance. To order a copy for £16.14 go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. When Niru's father discovers that he is gay, he takes Niru back to Nigeria to "cleanse him" of this evil. Instead, the questions that will remain with readers are deliberate and sobering - questions that will provoke contemplation or discussion, as readers ponder what might have been or, for some characters, what might still be possible...continued. Speak tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a ninth grader at Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York. Afterward, Niru gets so drunk that he nearly blacks out and has to be rescued by a concerned passerby. Readalikes | Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film … It is light at first and hangs in the air, refusing to stick to anything, and instead hovers about the bare tree branches shivering outside. Excerpt | Taking the cue, Maxine tells Howard that she wants a Bee Fee burger. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Julius Caesar Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Amma’s focus, Q.C. Beyond the book | In Speak No Evil, Uzodinma Iweala's protagonist, Niru, says that his father "reminds us constantly that if he could walk ten miles to get sardines and tinned tomatoes for his family during the war, dodging low-flying Nigerian fighter plans that made a sport of strafing hungry refugees, then there is nothing he or we can't do. Menu. ... Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Plot Summary submission guide. Niru convinced Meredith to go with him to a bar on Fourteenth Street near where Damien lived. This passerby turns out to be Damien, a handsome, 18-year-old dancer who is a student at Howard University. Meredith's runs are interspersed with tense conversations with her parents and difficult memories of the days following Niru's death. See No Evil Book Summary and Study Guide. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Part 2 of the novel picks up the story six years later and is narrated by Meredith, who is returning from her home in New York to help her parents move to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her father has a new teaching position. Buy Study Guide. As Meredith packs up her room, she discovers a windbreaker Niru wore the last time she saw him. Niru continues to live life as a closeted gay man, however, so he refuses to allow Damien to call him and sneaks off for dates with Damien during the school day. Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. Days after the shooting, Meredith ran to the Ikemadus' house to apologize, but OJ and his family were so upset that she was unable to speak. When Niru came back to the bar to extract Meredith, who was in the company of a pushy college student who bought her several drinks, Meredith was so hurt and angry by the way that Niru took her for granted that she refused to leave. As the school year draws to a close, Niru and Meredith attempt to re-establish their friendship, and Niru runs his last race, beating his best personal time and earning a rare expression of pride from his father. Niru hoped Damien would meet him there. The prayer session with the local minister proves traumatic and sends Niru into a spiral of depression when he returns home. When Obi, Niru's conservative and Christian father, discovers the phone and sees requests for dates from men, he brutally attacks Niru and is prevented from killing him only by the intervention of Ify, Niru's mother.