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Luster Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani s debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else s open marriageEdie 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 hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter Edie is the only black woman young Akila may knowRazor sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make her 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


About the Author: Raven Leilani

Raven s debut novel, Luster, is forthcoming from FSG August 2020 Her work has been published in Granta, McSweeney s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications She completed her MFA at NYU.



10 thoughts on “Luster

  1. says:

    Raven Leilani s debut novel is a spectacular examination of loneliness and the wish to belong 23 year old Edie is adrift After making some inappropriate sexual choices, she loses her admin job in the publishing industry and finds herself with nowhere to go until the wife of her married lover takes her in Edie now witnesses their unhappy marriage first hand, and she slowly becomes the only confidante of their adoptive daughter Akila who, until then, hardly knew any oth


  2. says:

    Giveaway win OH MY FUCKING GOD I love this book Luster is everything Its mean spirited, funny, brutally smart, and sad Raven Leilani s writing reminds me of Gillian Flynn Like Flynn, Leilani s writing is sharp and raw Both women write complex and unlikeable women so well Luster is about Edie a young 23 year old black woman who is lost and lonely She makes terrible life decisions but she s fully aware of it but she just can t seem to stop She meets Eric a middle agef white ma


  3. says:

    Sometimes I have wished I could step inside the pages of a book and become for a time a character in the story It would be fun and exciting to live in the world inhabited by these characters However, in the book, Luster, I would never want to be a single one of these characters They were all lost in the quagmire of their lives Hurt, unsure, depressed, and morose might be apt adjectives for the four characters Yet, while this was a sad, pessimistic story, it was one that quickly bec


  4. says:

    2010 Nenia would have been like 2020 Nenia is like YAAAAS SMUTTY LITERATURE GIMMIEBecause 2020 Nenia is wiser


  5. says:

    Luster by Raven Leilani is a debut book with lengthy sentences and an unusual narration style, so much so that at times it is difficult to follow the story This makes it tough to enjoy That being said, the dry humor is on point, and is one of the best I have read in a long time.Mostly well written, the author strays from the central topic at hand several times in order to elaborate on something totally irrelevant On the contrary, certain moments that deserved explanations in my opinion are dr Lu


  6. says:

    A way is always made to document how we manage to survive, or in some cases, how we don t So I ve tried to reproduce an inscrutable thing I ve made my own hunger into a practice, made everyone who passes through my life subject to a close and inappropriate reading that occasionally finds its way, often insufficiently, into paint And when I am alone with myself, this is what I am waiting for someone to do to me, with merciless, deliberate hands, to put me down onto the canvas so that when I m A way is a


  7. says:

    Please Do not sleep on this book Whoa Chile what a mess I LOVED it


  8. says:

    When I think about how to describe this novel, I keep coming back to the same phrase fever dream It isn t realist, exactly It isn t surrealist, exactly It s somewhere between the two, some weird swirled mix of hyper reality and not exactly reality that leaves you just enough off kilter that you never know which way it s going to go next It s unique and weird and bold.At first Edie will remind you of other self destructive young women you ve seen in other literary novels She is aimless and When I think about how to d


  9. says:

    Thanks so much to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for providing me with an e ARC of this via NetGalley I feel like Luster is another installment in a series of books that I m gonna call Dysfunctional Women Being Dysfunctional which theoretically, I m all for, but in actuality I ve been disappointed byoften than not, this novel included Luster is Leilani s debut book, and there are definitely glimmers of sharp, wry writing to be found here One of my favourites In the time we have been talking, Thanks so much to Farrar, Straus an


  10. says:

    Luster follows Edie Edith , a young black woman who lives in New York and works in publishing She is broke and hardly makes enough for rent and other necessities She doesn t shy away from new men and sex and some of her bad sex decisions at the workplace cost her job She then finds herself in the middle of a suburban white couple s open marriage I LOVED the book It is a joy to find a book that pays such attention to crafting characters You can predict how the book is going to end But I w Luster follows Edie Edith , a young black


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