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Luster - Raven Leilani

Luster - Raven Leilani
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Title: Luster

Author:  Raven Leilani

ISBN:  9781529035988

Weight:  741g

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Luster by Raven Leilani

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

I was blown away by this debut novel… Every sentence is a treat to read, even when it is plumbing the bleakest truths of society and humanity.  It is political and emotional, tender and sharp, absurd and relatable, heartbreaking and funny.  The writing is packed with sharp observations of the most eccentric human behaviour, all propelled with an addictively page-turning plot.  It is exquisite.

Dolly Alderton, author of Ghosts

[Leilani] is a caustic, funny and skilful storyteller, taking us deeply and convincingly inside the head of a millennial woman frantically trying to make sense of the world and her place within it.

Sunday Times

Luster is entirely remarkable, and the most delicious novel I’ve read.  I couldn’t get enough of Raven Leilani’s starkly accurate portrayal of the nuances of being a young woman today.

Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Luster
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes International Dylan Thomas Prize 2021 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529035988
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 227
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 143 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nina Subin
Jacket design Mel Four / Picador Art Department
Interior art Sputanski / Shutterstock
Jacket photography Alex Sarginson / Trunk Archive

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