Speak No Evil is a complicated and heartbreaking coming of age story set in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and Nigeria. Niro’s a star high school athlete looking forward to attending Harvard on a track scholarship in the fall while maneuvering through the realization that he is gay and trying to keep it from his parents, who view homosexuality as an abomination. The decisions and actions of Niro, his father, and his best friend create a tense and sad commentary on race, faith, and the consequences of trying to keep everything inside.
“'This is who I am.' 'This is what happened to me.' These are the simplest of expressions, yet the ability to speak them fully is a privilege not shared by the teenaged protagonists of this novel. Nigerian immigrant and Harvard-accepted aspiring doctor Niru is not able to tell his conservative religious parents that he is gay. The daughter of D.C.'s political elite, Meredith is not able to tell the world what really happened in an alley outside a bar on a hot spring night. Speak No Evil describes how loving relationships are strained, how trust is shattered, and how bodies can be broken when the truth is silenced. This heartbreakingly beautiful story will stay with you for a long time.”
— Jill Zimmerman, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI