Speak No Evil

51qvAAN8I+LI have been fortunate to find a bunch of new releases at the library recently. And Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala was among them. I had it on my to-read list because it was described as: “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.” I thought it might be fun to read a book set in DC. Little did I know that the author attended St. Alban’s (as did the protagonist). The Cathedral references begin on the first page. And, while he could have refrained from using the phrase “Cathedral lawn” as many times as he did, those and other DC references made it that much more fun to read. The story was a tragic one about a Nigerian son who comes out to his parents and they cannot take the news. It is a short book – almost a novella – and well worth reading. While difficult, it was a beautiful story and, for the most part, well-written.

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