Luster

August 4, 2020|
Luster by Raven Leilani
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“Exacting, hilarious, and deadly . . . A writer of exhilarating freedom and daring.” —Zadie Smith, Harper’s Bazaar

"Impossible to put down.” —Ling Ma, author of Severance

Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani''s debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else''s open marriage.


Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties--sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She''s also, secretly, haltingly, figuring her way into life as an artist. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage--with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren''t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and falling into Eric''s family life, his home. She becomes a hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie is the only black woman who young Akila knows.

Razor sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life 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.
RAVEN LEILANI''s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney''s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut and New England Review, among other publications. She won Narrative''s Ninth Annual Poetry Contest and the Matt Clark Editor''s Choice Prize, as well as short fiction prizes from Bat City Review and Blue Ear...
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Title:LusterFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.55 X 5.62 X 0.82 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.55 X 5.62 X 0.82 inPublished:August 4, 2020Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385696000

ISBN - 13:9780385696005

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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