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Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020
A BEST BOOK OF 2020: NPR, O Magazine, Kirkus, Time, Good Housekeeping, The New York Public Library, New Statesman, Shelf Awareness, Chatelaine
A BEST BOOK FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS: AV Club, Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine/The Strategist

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER * LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

"So delicious that it feels illicit . . . Raven Leilani’s first novel reads like summer: sentences like ice that crackle or melt into a languorous drip; plot suddenly, wildly flying forward like a bike down a hill." —Jazmine Hughes, The New York Times Book Review

“An irreverent intergenerational tale of race and class that’s blisteringly smart and fan-yourself sexy.” —Michelle Hart, O: The Oprah Magazine

No one wants what no one wants.
And how do we even know what we want? How do we know we’re ready to take it?

Edie is stumbling her way through her twentiessharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriagewith rules.

As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren’t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s home—though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.

Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani’s Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
August 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
240
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

KC197) ,

Complicated but intriguing

Loved the writing, storyline complexed and dark but oh so good!

scox1129 ,

I love this book.

This book was like walking/sitting/being next to the main character on a tale that was a hell of a roller coaster. I loved every second. The author gave you back stage access to an artist’s mind and a woman’s heart. Actually 3 artist’s minds and 3 women’s hearts now that I think about it. I love this book.

AliW255 ,

Under Developed Story Lines

Chose this book after it appeared on the Today Show. I found all the characters empty and tragic. Story lines started but never really felt complete. To much left to the imagination and blanks not filled in. On the last page I was left still trying to turn the page.

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