Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

Those Who Knew

From the award-winning author of Ways to Disappear, a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down.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 yo...

Details Those Who Knew

TitleThose Who Knew
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Feminism, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Those Who Knew

  • Jennifer Croft
    This is one of the most exhilarating novels I’ve read in ages. It’s an astonishingly perfect mosaic—intricate, gorgeous—on the topic of corruption, which feels both timely and timeless. It forms the most complete picture I’ve ever read of this subject, providing the reader with direct access into the minds of would-be revolutionaries, washed-up revolutionaries, those with good intentions and those without, those who’ve lost their way,...
  • Charlie Smith
    Let me begin with my ending: Idra Novey's Those Who Knew is beautiful, classically shaped, compulsively readable, an all too relevant exploration of the moral and ethical conundrums of our troubled times, as lavishly wrought as poetry, rendered in sensational, moving prose, a page-turner-work-of-art, layered, like prescient pentimento. Get your hands on a copy of Those Who Knew as soon as you can, move it to the top of your TBR pile, and glory in...
  • Caroline Hagood
    Idra Novey started her writing career as a poet, and she brings this lyrical sensibility to her two novels, the 2016 Ways to Disappear and her new book, out next week, Those Who Knew. She’s also an accomplished translator of a number of pivotal Brazilian works, including Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. Perhaps as a result of her movements between various linguistic spheres—whether it be poetry and prose or actual different...
  • Megan Bustraan
    I just finished Those Who Knew, and I can see how a lot of people would really enjoy this book, but for me, it was a difficult read. I had trouble connecting with the characters and staying invested in the book. The book seemed rather heavy to me, which I know appeals to a lot of readers. I just prefer a bit of a lighter read. I had some trouble keeping the characters straight.I love a book that makes me feel like a walk down a windey road, and I...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Topical and timely. Lena suspects Victor, an up and coming politician, of murdering Maria. Lena had a relationship with him years before and knows that he can be violent, but she never spoke up. Neither did his brother Freddie, who also knows Victor's rage. Told from multiple points of view and in different formats including snippets of a diary written by Olga, a pot dealing bookstore owner, this can at times feel as though it's veering away from...
  • Danny Caine
    Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew is a taut, thrilling novel with a revolutionary sensibility. Set on an unnamed island in the aftermath of a harsh regime funded by “The North,” it follows young activist Lara as she falls in with a charismatic senator promising free tuition for all college students. Lara soon discovers lurking darkness beneath the powerful senator’s slick exterior, and the ripples of that darkness play out across this novel’s...
  • Heather
    As I write this review the news is full of a brave woman coming out to speak about being assaulted by a Supreme Court nominee. This book is such a well crafted story of whether it's worth speaking out about someone's past transgressions. And how time and time again woman are portrayed as hysterical and overreacting when they are finally brave enough to speak up against the perpetrator. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is the lack of ...
  • Kim McGee
    Politics, an unsolved crime and a group of people who might know the truth but have little power are what makes up this timely story.It gets a bit jumbled when you are going from the current day back a decade or more and then reading bits of a play throughout. The story is very similar to what we are seeing in the "Me Too" movement so even though it takes place on a small island with a shaky government instead of Washington or Hollywood, the simi...
  • Ilana
    This book is brilliant, and it's eerily pressing and relevant in one of those art imitates life imitates art kind of ways. It is beautiful, it is stirring, it is thought-provoking. More to come in my proper review for WaPo.
  • Aimee
    This book is not only a powerful and moving story, but also deeply needed meditation about the intersection of gender and society. It feels like a current story and an ancient one. It is a book we need right now, and one that I know I'll return to in years to come.
  • Faith 09
    I struggled to get through it but overall thought this book was okay.
  • Molly
    Poet and novelist Idra Novey weaves an intricate tale of politics, corruption and the seduction of it all in her latest novel. Told in three distinct sections, in unnamed locations deemed to be anywhere, Lena suspects a former acquaintance, a now powerful senator, has committed a crime. As she attempts to warn others, families begin to question who they should believe. More than a mystery, this literary puzzle is interspersed with a work in progr...
  • Lauren
    This book couldn’t have been timelier if it tried and sadly, it’ll still be on point when it’s published in November. I love slim novels that jump straight into the heart of the matter, confident enough to avoid filler and excessive backstory. THOSE WHO KNEW is no exception. Also, another great book that could care less about your need for sympathetic characters (though, truly, Olga is my hero and I would love another book that’s about 70...
  • Nancy Mijangos
    I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Great novel. I loved the satisfying ending.