Elizabeth L. Silver
, the author of the novel "
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton"
Join the Department of English and Philosophy, the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing, and the College of Arts and Sciences on Monday, November 4th, when author Elizabeth Silver will give a public reading from her recently published novel, "The Execution of Noa P. Singleton" (Crown/Random House). Elizabeth Silver taught in the freshman writing program eight years ago. Since that time she has become a critically acclaimed author with an Amazon Best Book of the Month! Silver studied law after receiving her MFA in fiction writing. Her novel grows out of her work as a lawyer, and she will be talking about this connection during her reading.
From Publishers Weekly
: "At the start of attorney Silver’s searing debut, Noa Singleton, a convicted murderer on Pennsylvania’s death row scheduled to be executed in six months, receives an offer of help from the most unlikely of sources—her pregnant victim’s mother, Marlene Dixon. A high-powered Philadelphia lawyer, Marlene has changed her views on the death penalty and will champion a petition to commute Noa’s sentence to life in prison—if Noa reveals what drove her to kill her one-time University of Pennsylvania classmate. But is this a good-faith offer, or just an attempt by a grief-stricken and guilt-ridden mother to exact some final revenge? The appealing but morally anorexic Noa is left to wonder as she proffers tantalizing peeks of her past (or are they self-serving fictions?), from memories of her narcissistic, manipulative mother to the ex-con father she would have been better off never meeting. This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life. (June)"Elizabeth L. Silver
is the author of the novel "The Execution of Noa P. Singleton" (Crown/Random House, 2013). She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has taught English as a Second Language in Costa Rica, writing at Drexel University and St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and worked as an attorney in Texas and California. Her short fiction and nonfiction can be seen in The Huffington Post, The Millions, The Los Angeles Review
, and several other literary magazines. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she is at work on her second novel.