by Raven Leilani

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Luster Synopsis

Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2021 Longlisted for the Women's Prize For Fiction 2021 'A book of pure fineness, exceptional.' - Diana Evans, Guardian 'A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. It's brutal-and brilliant.' - Zadie Smith Edie is just trying to survive. She's messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn't really know what she's doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up. And then she meets Eric, a white middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn't have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics as a young black woman wasn't already hard enough, with nowhere else left to go, Edie finds herself falling head-first into Eric's home and family. Razor-sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster by Raven Leilani is a painfully funny debut about what it means to be young now. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Literary Hub, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Time, Good Housekeeping, InStyle, NPR, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Town & Country, Wired, New Statesman, Vox, Shelf Awareness, i-D, BookPage and more. One of Barack Obama's Favourite Books of 2020

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781529073393
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Raven Leilani
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Primary Genre Family Drama
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Raven Leilani Press Reviews

‘A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. It’s brutal – and brilliant.’ Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time

‘Remarkable, the most delicious novel I’ve read.’ Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

'I was blown away by this debut novel . . . It is exquisite.' Dolly Alderton, author of Ghosts

'A book of pure fineness, exceptional.' Diana Evans, Guardian

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ISBN: 9781529036008
Publication date: 06/01/2022
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Publication date: 10/06/2021
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 21/01/2021
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