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"So scrumptious that it feels illicit . . . Raven Leilani’s first novel reads like summer season: sentences like ice that crackle or soften right into a languorous drip; plot all of a sudden, wildly flying ahead like a motorcycle down a hill." —Jazmine Hughes, The New York Instances Ebook Assessment
“An irreverent intergenerational story of race and sophistication that’s blisteringly good and fan-yourself horny.” —Michelle Hart, O: The Oprah Journal
Nobody desires what nobody desires.
And the way can we even know what we wish? How do we all know we’re able to take it?
Edie is stumbling her method by means of her twenties—sharing a subpar condominium in Bushwick, clocking out and in of her admin job, making a sequence of inappropriate sexual decisions. She can also be haltingly, fitfully giving warmth and air to the artwork that simmers inside her. After which she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a household in New Jersey, together with an autopsist spouse who has agreed to an open marriage—with guidelines.
As if navigating the always shifting landscapes of up to date sexual manners and racial politics weren’t laborious sufficient, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s house—although not by Eric. She turns into a hesitant ally to his spouse and a de facto function mannequin to his adopted daughter. Edie could be the solely Black girl younger Akila is aware of.
Irresistibly unruly and strikingly lovely, razor-sharp and slyly comedian, sexually charged and totally absorbing, Raven Leilani’s Luster is a portrait of a younger girl attempting to make sense of her life—her starvation, her anger—in a tumultuous period. Additionally it is a haunting, aching description of how laborious it’s to imagine in your individual expertise, and the surprising influences that convey us into ourselves alongside the way in which.
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