Speak No Evil: A Novel

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In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences.

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.

When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed.

In the tradition of Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala’s second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.


  • 001 Speak No Evil

    Duration: 36s
  • 002 Part 1 - Chapter 01

    Duration: 30min
  • 003 Part 1 - Chapter 02

    Duration: 32min
  • 004 Part 1 - Chapter 03

    Duration: 30min
  • 005 Part 1 - Chapter 04

    Duration: 29min
  • 006 Part 1 - Chapter 05

    Duration: 28min
  • 007 Part 1 - Chapter 06

    Duration: 44min
  • 008 Part 1 - Chapter 07

    Duration: 16min
  • 009 Part 1 - Chapter 08

    Duration: 36min
  • 010 Part 1 - Chapter 09

    Duration: 20min
  • 011 Part 2 - Chapter 01

    Duration: 09min
  • 012 Part 2 - Chapter 02

    Duration: 21min
  • 013 Part 2 - Chapter 03

    Duration: 24min
  • 014 Part 2 - Chapter 04

    Duration: 26min
  • 015 Part 2 - Chapter 05

    Duration: 27min
  • 016 Credits

    Duration: 49s