Amazon Asks: Elizabeth Silver on 'The Execution of Noa P. Singleton'

Eliz-silverWhat's the elevator pitch for your book (which was selected as our Best Books of the Month Debut Spotlight)?

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is the narrative of a young woman on death row in Pennsylvania and her relationship with her victim’s mother, an attorney, who initiates a clemency petition on her behalf six months before her execution date. It’s a character-driven story about guilt, punishment, remorse, and gradations of the truth.

Describe your book in 10 words?

A woman on death row chats with her victim’s mother.

What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?

Transatlantic by Colum McCann, The Son by Philipp Meyer, and on audio May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes.

Top 5 favorite books of all time?

Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Important book you never read?

War and Peace. My husband has read it and I haven’t. It’s a point of contention.

Book that changed your life?

I’m going to try to narrow it down: Bird by Bird changed my attitude and focus on writing, while Crime and Punishment taught me the psychological and moral power of literature, and We Need To Talk About Kevin inspired me, in part, to write The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, so it changed the last five years of my life.

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The Execution of Noa. P Singleton sounds like a great book. The reviews are wonderful too. Congrats to the author.

Posted by: Serena | Saturday June 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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