Luster: A Novel by Raven Leilani
Luster, Raven Leilani's debut novel, has been on my list to read since last year. I'm typically drawn to fiction focused on women in their twenties as I, too, am a woman in my twenties, and Leilani's book delivers on pinpointing many of the nuanced issues that arise during this tumultuous decade, layering in themes of race and class along the way. The main character, Edie, is a deeply authentic, flawed woman struggling to navigate both her professional and personal life, while tethered between Bushwick and New Jersey after getting involved with a married man in an open relationship. Life is messy, and Luster promises to deliver just that, all through sharp, poignant prose.