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Uzodinma Iweala received the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, all for Beasts of No Nation. He was also selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

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"A wrenching, tightly woven story about many kinds of love and many kinds of violence. Speak No Evil probes deeply but also with compassion the cruelties of a loving home. Iweala's characters confront you in close-up, as viscerally, bodily alive as any in contemporary fiction."--Larissa MacFarquhar
"Speak No Evil is the rarest of novels: the one you start out just to read, then end up sinking so deeply into it, seeing yourself so clearly in it, that the novel starts reading you."--Marlon James, Booker Award-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
"Delivers with immediate poignancy Niru's struggles.... A later shift in narration allows a different and perhaps more complete picture of Niru, which Iweala also handles elegantly. Portraying cross-generational and -cultural misunderstandings with anything but simplicity, Iweala tells an essential American story."--Booklist, starred review
"Iweala unwinds crucial issues of choice and the burden of playing multiple parts; says Niru, 'It's too confusing for me to live all these lives when I want only one.' Throughout a narrative spiraling toward tragedy, Niru's pain is so palpable it will make you gasp.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review
"In Uzodinma's staggering sophomore novel (after Beasts of No Nation), the untimely disclosure of a secret shared between two teens from different backgrounds sets off a cascade of heartbreaking consequences.... Speaks volumes about white heterosexual privilege.... Notable both for the raw force of Iweala's prose and the moving, powerful story."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read."--Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure
"Heart-wrenching .... A visceral but compassionate portrait of what it means to be different within a family, let alone society at large."--Washington Blade
"A haunting story about identity and power."--Paste Magazine
"An evocative narrative and stark dialogue keeps Uzodinma Iweala's Speak No Evil from a single dull moment.... His characters' rawness and beauty overwhelm page by page, looping their two stories into one heartbreaking narrative, one that embodies and echoes the pains of current, broader inequalities."--AV Club
"A searing take on the notion of home, and the struggle to be at home with oneself.... Speak No Evil deals with less epic subject matter [than Beasts of No Nation], but there's subtle power in its intimacy and in its depictions of the violence we do to each other and to ourselves."--Seattle Times
"The classic coming-out narrative describes how the central character makes a leap from one identity to another, into a different, freer life, while the classic immigrant novel depicts what it's like to straddle two worlds, old and new, with a foothold in each. Speak No Evil is both and neither.... The soul of Speak No Evil is the tortuous, exquisitely rendered relationship between Niru and his father."--The New Yorker
"A timely story of friendship, secrets, and consequences."--Vogue
"Iweala stirringly brings to life a young man at war with himself in this moving new novel.... Speak No Evil isn't an easy read. It is, however, compelling, sensitively told, and satisfying."--Lambda Literary
"The story unspools as quickly as running star Niru can clip around the track, building into a classical tragedy with modern flair.... The talented Iweala has fashioned a heart-rending story of teenage love that turns on the technological trappings and persistent prejudices of contemporary life."--Dallas Morning News

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