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. Meike Meike 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 he

  2. Erin Erin 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,

  3. Marialyce Marialyce 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 chara

  4. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

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

  5. Ankit Garg Ankit Garg 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

  6. Paris (parisperusing) Paris (parisperusing) 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 everyon

  7. Never Without a Book Never Without a Book says:

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

  8. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury 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

  9. Fatma Fatma 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 Wo

  10. Resh (The Book Satchel) Resh (The Book Satchel) 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

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