Too Lit To Quit Book Club discusses LUSTER

Our Too Lit to Quit Book Club reads new fiction, with a strong focus on women and BIPOC authors --Loyalty's mission. This event is free, but you must RSVP via the ticket link below to get the zoom info for the meeting! 

Too Lit Too Quit book club is led by inventory manager, former chef, and all around badass Alana. We'll be meeting via zoom for the foreseeable future! This event is free to join, but please RSVP via the button below to receive the link and password to join us. 


Longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

"This novel is ridiculously good: gorgeous, dark, and funny, with sentences that'll wreck you. I will follow this author anywhere she wants to take me."
—Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

No one wants what no one wants.

And how do we even know what we want? How do we know we’re ready to take it?

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 is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules.

As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren’t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s home—though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.

Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani’s Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Luster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020