Program in Creative Writing faculty member Idra Novey, award-winning author of Ways to Disappear, discusses and signs copies of Those Who Knew, her newly published novel about power imbalances and the risks of speaking up in a profoundly divided country.

The doors on Hinds Plaza will open at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The author talk begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a book signing in the Community Room, Princeton Public Library.

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About Those Who Knew:

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.

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  • Princeton Public Library

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