Out on 28 January 2021


Raven Leilani

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28 January 2021
240 pages

'A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. It's brutal and brilliant.' Zadie Smith

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

'Ridiculously good . . . I will follow this author anywhere she wants to take me.' Carmen Maria Machado

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 headfirst into Eric’s home and family.

Razor sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Raven Leilani's Luster is a painfully funny debut about what it means to be young now.

A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. It's brutal—and brilliant.

Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time

Raven Leilani is a writer of unusual daring, with a voice that is unique and fully formed. There is humor, intelligence, emotion, and power in her work. I cannot think of a writer better suited to capture our contemporary moment.

Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation

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