Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani's debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else's open marriage
Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She's also, secretly, haltingly figuring her way into l...more
The book is a very cold, detached account of a young woman's relationship with an older man and his wife. Some people have been favorably comparing this to Queenie, even going so far as to claim it is a better-written version, but this is really not my idea of good writing. Edie narrates like she's trying oh so very hard for her Creative Writing 101 class, ...more
...rampant, raw, incorrigible....
...A TRULY ADDICTIVE READ!!!!!
It’s 3:40 am.... I literally just finished it....a one sitting middle of the night gulp...( all 227 pages).
A buzz book for 2020?/!
I sure think so!!!!
I’m incredibly impress by Raven Leilani.
“Luster” is a first novel, and I’m already looking forward to her next book.
Edie, in her 20’s, is a black woman... an artist from Bushwick. She’s frosty, ...more
God how I loved it when this book and I started dating. But truth be told, I was against the whole thing at first. My friend, NetGalley, accidentally set us up. I was irritated, since I hadn’t requested the date. But then I decided I might as well just go ahead and meet. Her profile sounded pretty cool. And she was just my type—literary fiction.
It was love at first sight. It was all flying and jumping and dancing and pushing great sighs. Don’t we all love ...more
The aw ...more
OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!
I love this book!
Luster is everything.
Its mean spirited, funny, brutally smart, and sad. Raven Leilani's writing reminds me of Gillian Flynn. Like Flynn, Leilani's writing is sharp and raw. Both women write complex and unlikeable women so well.
Luster is about Edie a young 23 year old black woman who is lost and lonely. She makes terrible life decisions but she's fully aware of it but she just can't seem to stop.
She meets Eric a middle agef white man,who let' ...more
Raven Leilani boldly and bravely creates a distinct POV with Edie, a black woman who is trying to find herself while se ...more
23 year old Edie begins a relationship with an older married man, Eric Walker. She loses her job in publishing due to citations of inappropriate behavior then gets kicked out of her apartment for failure to pay rent. Following an unexpected encounter, Eric’s wife, Rebecca, takes her in.
Edie becomes engrained in the Walker family: continuing to slyly see Eric, accompanying Rebecca to work wh ...more
“I think to myself, You are a desirable woman. You are not a dozen gerbils in a skin casing.
Luster is a deliriously enthralling and boldly subversive debut novel. I was dazzled by the author’s prose, which is by turns dense and supple, by Edie’s sardonic and penetrating narration, and by the story’s caustic yet searing commentary on race, class, gender, and sexuality.
“It is that it is 8:15 a.a. and I feel happy. I am not on the L, smelling someone's...more
I struggled to connect with Edie, our main character, I think because of Leilani’s writing style. The writing in Luster felt jagged to me, with lots of sentences that ...more
This book is the real proof that no matter what is your gender, age, socioeconomic status, nationality, profession, choice, experience, you may truly feel like a complete f*cked up by losing your entire path or feel like you turned your life into a real mess! You may feel lost, confused, stand at the shaky ground, walk ...more
The story is told in narrative form from Edie, our millennial protagonist who is not likable, is a disturbing charac ...more
Get your highlighters ready! Luster introduces us to Raven Leilani, a new voice in fiction that will knock your socks off. I had to force myself to slow down when reading because one minute you’re talking about the L train and the next sentence contains a pivotal revelation about our MC, Edie. The writing is so fluid and unpretentious, yet carries such depth. Ms. Leilani has incredible talent and will definitely be added as an auto buy author.
As for the story, this is a book that hel ...more
I feel like Luster is another installment in a series of books that I'm gonna call Dysfunctional Women Being Dysfunctional—which theoretically, I'm all for, but in actuality I've been disappointed by more often than not, this novel included.
Luster is Leilani's debut book, and there are definitely glimmers of sharp, wry writing to be found here. One of my favourites: "In the time we have been talking, ...more
At first Edie will remind you of other self-destructive young women you've seen in other literary novels. She is aimless and ...more
Mostly well-written, the author strays from the central topic at hand several times in order to elaborate on something totally irrelevant. On the contrary, certain moments that deserved explanations in my opinion are dr ...more
This book is untamed, poignant, and oddly relatable. While the writing style took me a bit to find a groove with, once I did I was hooked. Luster is bold and authentic, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The author doesn’t hold back with her characters. They are who they are. Just real. Unlikable at times, but also people you feel for because they are so real.
This boo ...more
This is my kind of writing, sometimes uncomfortable but totally raw and honest.
I enjoyed reading about Edies messy life and painful existence and I look forward to more from this author.
‘I think of how keenly I've been wrong. I think of all the gods I have made out of feeble men’
And when I am alone with myself, this is what I am waiting for someone to do to me, with merciless, deliberate hands, to put me down onto the canvas so that when I'm gone, there will be a record, proof that I was here.
Here's the thing: I loved Leilani's writing which is smart and characterful and full of flair, witty and dry and tender - but I didn't love this story. The narrative voice is so good, but I found it really hard to be convinced by what is happening at the plot level. And while E ...more
A young Black woman, Edie, an aspiring artist just fired from a publishing job, is living day-to-day, and now she’s lost her apartment too. She meets Eric online, a white man who is much older than her, successful, and happens to have an open marriage. After not hearing from Eric for awhile, Edie goes to the couple’s home and enters without permission. She p ...more
I have finally, finally read LUSTER, a debut novel that I was extremely excited about, and can now confirm that you should read it too.
It’s about a young, millennial woman named Edie who is a hot mess. Like, I’m not judging her for this (ok, maybe just a little), but I feel like objectively she is the definition of a hot mess! She starts a relationship with a man named Eric, who is in an open marriage, and soon becomes entangled ...more
Did I love it? No.
But did I listen to it the entire day? Yes!
LUSTER delivered in all the right ways. The book pulled me in with its in your face daring and real story. And kept me going with its thought provoking plot and flawed characters.
Full review to come....
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