Raven Leilani

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Published: 21st Jan '21


Luster is a painfully funny coming-of-age story told by a fresh new voice.

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Razor sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster by Raven Leilani is a painfully funny debut.’A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. It’s brutal-and brilliant.’ – Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth’A book of pure fineness, exceptional.’ – Diana Evans, GuardianWinner of the Dylan Thomas PrizeShortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Debut of the YearLonglisted for the Women’s Prize For FictionEdie 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.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 2020Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award.’A giddy joy, crafted with mischievous perfection.’ – Mail on Sunday

Additional information

Weight 0.352 kg
Dimensions 29 × 144 × 226 mm
Page Count 240