Raven Leilani “Luster” Book Discussion

Raven Leilani will be in conversation about her debut novel, “Luster,” with Lisa Taddeo (Three Women). IVY Bookshop providing copies of LUSTER & THREE WOMEN. The conversation will also be broadcasted on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page.


August 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Library
Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/writers-cribs-raven/register

About the Author:

Raven Leilani’s work has been published in GrantaMcSweeney’s Quarterly ConcernNarrativeYale ReviewConjunctionsThe Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. She won Narrative’s Ninth Annual Poetry Contest and the Matt Clark Editor’s Choice Prize, as well as short fiction prizes from Bat City Review and Blue Earth ReviewLuster is her first novel.

About the Book:

The New York Times Bestseller

‘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.

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