It’s a book that will catch you off guard with its what-did-I-just-read prose, impress you with its maturity, delight you with its willingness to feature a female lead who is unabashedly sex-forward, rouse and rattle you with its straightforward depiction of how we live and talk and don’t talk about race, move you with its portrait of a young woman struggling to believe in the possibility of her own talent.
Raven Leilani’s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The 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 Review. Luster is her first novel.
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