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Luster: A Novel de Raven Leilani
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Luster: A Novel (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Raven Leilani (Autor)

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Títol:Luster: A Novel
Autors:Raven Leilani (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2020), 240 pages
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Luster de Raven Leilani (2020)

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Given the premise and the title, I thought that Luster would be a sexy book, but it isn't. Instead, it is a literary examination of the triangle that develops among a black would-be artist, her white lover, and his white wife. When the artist loses her day job, she ends up living with her lover's family, which also includes a black foster child. New relationships form, and others die out.

It is Edie the artist's witty narrative voice that makes this otherwise solemn book worth reading. ( )
  akblanchard | Oct 13, 2021 |
Luster is a novel about so many things and yet about nothing specific at all. A young black woman, largely a loser, hooks up with an older white man and eventually ends up living with his family in a leafy suburb. I read it mostly as being the woman, lost to herself, finding her muses in the most unlikely of places. It's also about sex, race, and isolation.

The fist half was entirely irritating to me. Largely because I wanted to slap Edie for being such a stupid loser. Later, her family backstory softened me a bit. But the issue is that the narrative voice is Edie, but somehow, a more mature, omniscient, and articulate Edie. An Edie that shouldn't be the stupid loser who drinks vodka at work and can't remember to pay her bills. By the end of the novel she has tranformed into the narrator, though in retrospect that is entirely unbelievable.

I appreciate that this is a very gritty, raw novel that goes places many will not. It's daring and I suspect memorable. ( )
  technodiabla | Sep 22, 2021 |
I hated this book. In our time of coronavirus and hyper-partisan politics it came at me viciously using long sentences steeped in the cultural vernacular of a person fifty years younger than I, filled with references I didn’t understand, and the righteous anger of a young black woman struggling to find her place personally and professionally in a society that judges her based on her blackness and her gender and little else.
I loved this book. The driving force of Edie’s narration, her unique personality, viewpoint and language, slowly won me over, although it took time. By the last quarter of the book I was mesmerized by her inability to overcome her own choices while persevering as if she could. I was overcome with a sense of pre-ordained doom. I hoped for an epiphany. I savored every word, researched every confusing cultural reference. Because of the way Leilani builds this story and Edie’s character, the ending was satisfying for me, although I can’t tell you why.

Edie, the mid-twenties protagonist narrates in the first person, sometimes with a nearly stream-of-consciousness style that is immediate but difficult for me because it is steeped in the culture of her age group–forty-five years distant from mine. The challenges of Edie’s life, the way she lives it, and the cultural milieu she lives it in are not mine–she is an artist, I was an engineer; she is a passionate, young black woman, I am an older white man; I am privileged in many subtle ways, she is not. She is automatically suspect–by the police, by her employers, by the people she meets–I am automatically trusted.
Those differences are the theme, for me. Leilani had to bludgeon me with it and she almost knocked me out, but I withstood her blows and was given a small window into this life I will never know. I felt viscerally what it was like to be Edie, living with and acknowledging her faults and reveling in her fortitude and her insight.
I read a lot science fiction partly to feel the presence of the other and experience worlds I will never know. Raven Leilani, in Luster has given me the best of that in the familiar setting of my own world, but with a perspective alien to me–that of a young, black woman. ( )
  tbrown3131949 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Well written ( )
  envyensor | Aug 13, 2021 |
Every generation of 20-somethings thinks their situation is somehow unique. As they come to grips with being adults, how working can be a real drag, how it's harder for them. This book is the Gen Z version--Edie is among the oldest of Gen Z.

Edie lives in a crappy apartment, works a boring publishing job, and wants to paint. She makes bad decisions day in and day out--mostly involving 1) men, but also her involving her 2) career, her 3) art, her 4) friends. She loses her job due to 1 and 2, loses her apartment, and ends up in an unusual living situation. Her boyfriend is older and married and presents her with his wife's rules for their relationship. She breaks them.

As she looks for a new job via online postings, she struggles to find where she fits. As a black woman, she is often not taken seriously (but really--she is not serious about work) in the interview process. She gets to know a black tween who has been adopted by a white family, and Edie finally finds a bit of a purpose--to teach this girl about life as a black woman. About her hair, how to behave around cops, how to exist in the world. But Akila teaches Edie things too.

Maybe I would have liked this book a lot more if I were a current 20-something. I did love Edie's biting humor and sarcasm. She is witty and bright, smart and funny. ( )
  Dreesie | Jul 25, 2021 |
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