Salt Water Reads January Book Club Pick - Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
New month, new book club pick! Kourtney and I are back with a new title and a line up that we are really excited about for 2019! Our Salt Water Reads January selection is Those Who Knew by Idra Novey. This book was an Indie Next pick in November, it received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and it was also named one of 2018’s Best Up to the Minute Fiction. We hope you will pick up a copy or head to your local library and read with us this month!
On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.
Why didn't Lena speak up then, and will her family's support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman's death is wrong?
What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey's place as an essential new voice in American fiction.