The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

The Execution of Noa P Singleton An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt punishment and the stories we tell ourselves to survive Noa P Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that en

  • Title: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
  • Author: Elizabeth L. Silver
  • ISBN: 9780804120838
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Audio CD
  • An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive Noa P Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first degree murder Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just sixAn unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive Noa P Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first degree murder Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa s sentence, and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade her story Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter s death events that Noa has never shared with a soul With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.

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    1. This story by a narrator who may or may not be reliable is set in a prison, and more specifically, on death row. Noa Singleton, 35, is awaiting her day of execution after ten years of fruitless appeals, and now, six months before “X-Day,” she is approached by yet another lawyer who wants to make one last try for clemency on her behalf.Noa provides her history, and as she does, we gradually get an idea of why she is on death row and what really happened to put her there. We also learn about t [...]

    2. The problem with this book is that it has a really, really interesting premise, but the writing, plot, and character development are truly awful. I was fairly on board with the book until about 3/4 of the way in. From then on, I was legitimately confused by everything that was going on. So Marlene was just a super Crazy Mom? With an equally Crazy Daughter? They both had crazy eyes at some point. I just didn't understand any of the characters' motivation. Marlene offered Noa 10K to "break up" the [...]

    3. Rating = 3.5 starsNO SPOILERS, and therefore a somewhat vague review.I think this is going to be quite popular when it comes out this summer. It was compelling enough that I read it in three days. Noa is a convincing narrator with an unusual life story to tell. Her voice is gritty and sarcastic and resigned, just as you'd expect from someone incarcerated for ten years and awaiting execution for capital murder. Although I'm not sure I liked Noa herself, I did like her narration. Noa killed Sarah [...]

    4. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is the brilliantly written debut novel by Elizabeth L. Silver. Once I began this book, I didn't close it until the last page. The voice of Noa narrates the story as she talks about her past and what led her to death row. Noa is at times not an enjoyable character for obvious reasons. She killed someone. Much of the story readers are kept in the dark about what really transpired the night 10 years prior to her conviction. The novel begins with a welsh lawyer name [...]

    5. HmmI am not entirely sure what I feel about this book. On one hand, I acknowledge how well written it is, what a brilliant page turner it is that it made me finish it in one day but on the other hand, I am left going, "But what was it all for?"Noa P. Singleton is on death row for killing Sarah Dixon. By the time we meet her, she is six months from X day, the day of execution by lethal injection. Early on, we learn that she did precious little to defend herself at her trial and has done even less [...]

    6. I don't know if I can legitmately say that I read it, because I bailed halfway through and my reasons for doing so were strong enough to send me to to post my first ever book review on that site. Here's what I said:I wish I had at least read the first page of the book before I bought it, it would have saved me time and money. I would have known in that first page that the writing was nothing short of awful. Since I had already bought it, I got about halfway through the book before flipping to t [...]

    7. This book was a hard one to get through. It seemed like a really good premise--woman on Death Row finally tells the real story of her crime--but something just didn't work. First of all, the character, Noa, was clearly a sociopath, which was necessary in keeping in line with the story. But, she also seemed very, very flat, and as a result, it was difficult to care about anything she said. This isn't the redeeming of a woman who knows she did wrong, or even the story of someone wrongfully accused [...]

    8. Noa P. Singleton is an inmate on death row, where she has been awaiting her execution for ten years since being convicted of murder. But six months before 'X-day', she is visited by Marlene Dixon, the mother of her victim Sarah. Marlene claims to have formed an organisation which opposes the death penalty, and believes Noa should continue to be incarcerated rather than face execution. However, to have a chance of clemency, Noa has to recount every detail of her crime - a story she has always ref [...]

    9. My wife always says I love boring books. Boring books are books where "nothing happens," but the author spends a lot of time and effort in the craft of making nothing happen. Or they can be called works of "literary fiction."I always make fun of my wife for reading terrible books. Terrible books are books where "everything gets tied together in the end," but the author spends very little time and effort in the craft of creating beautiful sentences. Or they can be called works of "mystery" and/or [...]

    10. I sat on a jury once. It was a murder trial in which a man was accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend. Both had been drinking extensively and engaged in a domestic dispute. He killed his girlfriend, beating her with his hands and feet and a hand held vacuum cleaner. I found the entire criminal court process . . . interesting. I had worked in a courtroom for years, but only in the juvenile dependency court. So, the criminal case was a new experience for me. The information that could be ente [...]

    11. Now this. This little gem is worth reading.Noa P. Singleton has been incarcerated for ten years for killing a pregnant university student. She was found guilty at trial and never spoke a word in her own defense. Noa’s execution date looms only six months in the future when an unexpected opportunity presents itself. The victim’s mother, Marlene, has remarkably changed her position on the death penalty. In principle, she now believes even the convicted killer of her own child deserves to live. [...]

    12. Noa P. Singleton is thirty five and she has spent the last ten years of her life on death row, awaiting execution for the murder of Sarah Dixon. Although she has done little to help her own cause (she herself says she is guilty and "never contested that once") there have been many failed appeals on her behalf. Virtually the only visitors she has ever had are lawyers hoping to get her to agree to get her hopes up yet again. Now, six months before her execution date, comes young lawyer Oliver Stan [...]

    13. Um. Yeah. This book full of suspense. The main character Noa is a woman on death row for a murder that you are sure she is guilty of but by the end of the book you realize there is guilt to be spread around. So while you realize Noa must pay for her crime you get the feeling that her bill is a little too much to pay while others kind of do a dine and dash.Everything is revealed bit by bit so I spent a lot of the book wishing for more information and then when I got it I became angry at the actio [...]

    14. I got all the way to page 9 and thought Yuck! What a waste of words and paper. The author seems to want to be clever, and it only turns out to be stupid. Here's an example from the first paragraph: "In this world, you are either good or evil The gray middle ground, that mucous-thin terrain where most of life resides, is really only a temporary annex, like gestation or purgatory. It shadows over everyone in its vacuous and insipid cape, flying across the sky, making smoke letters out of your fea [...]

    15. 3.5 Sitting on Death row waiting for her death sentence to be carried out, Noa seems to have no interest in appeals or petitions for clemency. From the beginning the reader know what she has done, but not the why and not the reason she will do nothing to help herself. This was an intense look at the definition of legal guilt versus moral guilt. It also looks at our legal system as a whole with a very dark but witty tone. Slowly, clues, conversations, feelings are doled out in increments, but I h [...]

    16. This was a novel that I truly enjoyed--clever plot, great pacing, convincing self destructive characters--but I had some reservations about the writing, so I'd choose 3 1/2 stars to rate, or 4 stars for structure, 3 stars for the glut of metaphors and similes that drag it down--clever metaphors, yes, but not essential to the story. For the first half of the book, as Noa, sitting on death row, launches into the sad story of her derailed life, I sensed that the author was doing that meticulous, de [...]

    17. As they say in popular culture, “I can’t even.” Giving “The Execution of Noa P. Singleton” one star makes me want to revisit my other one-star ratings and score them higher. It was BAD. I feel that reading to the end reflects badly on me, like, why didn’t I give up? Where should I begin? I started taking note of the examples of the truly awful writing, but quickly gave up. I’m relieved that many other reviewers also quote some examples. There are many to choose from, but two that [...]

    18. This book is so unmitigatedly awful that I can't stop thinking about how angry I am that I read the whole thing. I only stayed with it because I saw it on Entertainment Weekly's Must list a couple of months back, a source I usually trust. And now, after reading others' reviews, I see it was on 's June recommendation list as well. What a hoax. Other reviewers have lauded the publicist and marketers for this book, and I guess that explains why it was promoted, because it certainly did not get ther [...]

    19. Gone Girl. The Other Typist. The Silent Wife. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.Introducing unlikeable protagonists who may not be reliable narrators seems to be a trend among authors launching debut novels.In The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, we meet a young woman who is sitting on death row, awaiting execution for murder. We quickly learn, within the first three pages, that she “was lucid, attentive, mentally sound, and pumped with a single cup of decaffeinated Lemon Zinger tea” when she [...]

    20. I have been on an unreliable narrator kick lately. Gone Girl, The Dinner, and The Other Typist to name a few. All of the books are narrated by a character who wants to be seen in the best possible light but who can't ever really hide their dark underbelly. Gone Girl was truly shocking to me but the more I read these kind of books the more a pattern emerges. Everything the narrator says is all roses and kittens and then a "psychologist" will weigh in with their two cents somewhere near the end of [...]

    21. I would have rather given this 3.5 stars since I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4. I enjoyed this book. I read it quickly, it was a page-turner for sure. I'm not going to go into plot details since I don't want to spoil anything; however, depending on your opinions about capital punishment and the judicial system in the United States, this book may challenge your thoughts or may affirm your beliefs. Either way the author keeps you interested by only revealing small tidbits of Noa's life (p [...]

    22. I finished this, but barely. It was touch-and-go, and if the book had been much longer I wouldn't have made it.The author's writing just doesn't appeal to me. The metaphors are too thick, the "literary" phrasings too forced, the moral or point of the book not effective. I think the author intended this to be a book that forced the reader to ponder the value of the death penalty and the workings of the US judicial system, but I never got beyond a passing curiosity and overall boredom with the cha [...]

    23. Intelligent and satisfying…‘When I arrived, there were fifty-one women on death row in the United States. All we needed was to drop one to have a proper national beauty pageant, or add one if you wanted to include Puerto Rico and Guam.’Noa P. Singleton has been on death row for 10 years and has run out of appeals. But then she’s never really fought too hard against her sentence anyway – why should she? She tells us straight away that she’s guilty. So when Marlene, the mother of the v [...]

    24. We begin the novel almost at the end of the life of Noa P. Singleton. Noa in six months will be executed for a murder she committed. We find out that Noa was found guilty ten years previously for the murder of a young woman. Noa is visited by an attorney, Oliver Stansted, who is working for Marlene Dixon, the mother of the young woman Noa murdered. Oliver's goal is to get Noa a commuted sentence so that she will not be executed for the murder. Ultimately, Marlene's goal is to get Noa to reveal w [...]

    25. Silver accomplished an arduous novel for her debut. A complicated and controversial subject matter on many levels. Powerfully written with extreme detail, irresistible page turner. The reader understands the 'why' but most importantly you are left asking yourself the question of 'does the sentence fit the crime?' Guilt and innocence are intricately entwined leaving the heavy question of mitigating circumstances the deciding divider between the accusers guilt or innocence. Inside and outside fact [...]

    26. I can tell this one was written by a lawyer. Jesus, this person likes to hear themselves writetalk? Whatever. With the exception of Oliver, there were no likeable characters in this story. This was chosen for book group, and I can't wait to tear it apart. It was horrible. I was never entertained, intrigued, connected, enthralledNOTHING. If there would have been some more solid emotions behind the characters' and their motives, at least something, anything, give me just a modicum of anything real [...]

    27. A stunning and thought-provoking psychological novel about guilt, betrayal and remorse told in an unusual set of flashbacks by a woman on death row, and in letters to the victim by her bereaved mother. The reader is forced to rethink his idea of guilt and innocence and what punishment is just, as the dark but beautifully written story slowly reveals the true nature of the main characters.

    28. Wonderfully written and a compelling read, narrated by a woman on death row for murder interspersed with letters written to the victim by her mother. Highly recommend.

    29. Elizabeth L. Silver's THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON has a great premise - thirty-five-year-old Noa is on death row for murder, with her execution date just six months away, when Marlene Dixon, the mother of her victim, shows up with a proposal. Marlene will use her influence to convince the State to commute Noa's sentence to life in prison in exchange for information on her daughter's murder. Why did Noa kill Sarah? What exactly happened on New Year's Day, 2003? Noa has never told her story [...]

    30. I don't know what I can say about this book other than you should read this book.It chronicles the impending execution of Noa, sentenced to death for the murder of another young woman about her age, told from Noa's point of view. Noa doesn't rail against the system, or claim to be a victim of a set up. In fact, Noa does little to nothing to fight her conviction or sentence, and tries to explain this to what she thinks is yet another eager beaver pro bono defense attorney who shows up to explain [...]

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