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One of the Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020Vogue, Elle, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Shondaland, Goop, Vulture, Parade, USA Today, COLORLINES, Lit Hub, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Refinery29, PopSugar, The Millions, The Rumpus, Book Riot, Thrillist, Domino, PopSugar, New York Amsterdam News, Write or Die Tribe, Book Bub, Odyssey, Suitcase,“Exacting, hilarious, and deadly . . . A writer of exhilarating freedom and daring.” ―Zadie Smith, Harper’s Bazaar"Impossible to put down.”...


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One of the Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020
VogueElleTimeThe New York TimesThe Washington PostEsquireHarper’s BazaarShondaland, Goop, VultureParadeUSA TodayCOLORLINESLit HubBuzzfeedElectric Literature, Refinery29PopSugarThe MillionsThe RumpusBook RiotThrillistDominoPopSugarNew York Amsterdam News, Write or Die Tribe, Book Bub, OdysseySuitcase,

“Exacting, hilarious, and deadly . . . A writer of exhilarating freedom and daring.” 
―Zadie Smith, Harper’s Bazaar

"Impossible to put down.” ―Ling Ma, author of Severance

No one wants what no one wants.
And how do we even know what we want? How do we know we’re ready to take it?

Edie is stumbling her way through her twentiessharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriagewith rules.

As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren’t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s home―though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.

Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani’s Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life―her hunger, her anger―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.



  • Author: Raven Leilani
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 5.7 x 8.6
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Condition: NEW

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