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Luster: A Novel de Raven Leilani

Luster: A Novel (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Raven Leilani (Autor)

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Título:Luster: A Novel
Autores:Raven Leilani (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2020), 240 pages
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Luster de Raven Leilani (2020)


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I often read novels to try and experience lives totally different from mine. I had seen many glowing reviews of this novel, including a piece in The New Yorker, and so in I went and am I pleased that I did. It’s funny that I read this right after “Jack” by Marilynne Robinson and that I’m posting these reviews on the same day because I was lax in writing my review of “Jack” because while on the surface the two books have NOTHING in common, in reality they share a lot at the core. Neither of them is working on a long term plan, they usually wake up and figure out how am I going to get through today. It is something very remote from my existence. Our protagonist Edie is a twenty-three year old African-American woman trying to find her way in the world. As with “Jack” there were times where I found myself judging Edie’s actions but then I realized how old I am compared to her when I figured out that her mother was born in 1960. She is so young to me and I laughed at the idea that “I find her LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, and I am shocked that she is the same person on all three.” I can’t imagine the pressure on young people to create and curate these fake personas on social media. Once I dropped some of the judgement, I found myself empathizing with Edie as she dealt with the difficulties of making your way in New York City as a young person. The book is beautifully written and full of great observations like “I am good, but not good enough, which is worse than simply being bad” which really sums up that feeling of being in the huge middle that most of us live in. Her interactions are often horrifying, sometimes because of the casual racism and sexism that permeates our society and sometimes because Edie is frankly pretty messed up (mostly with good reason). Her voice is strong and compelling and it was wonderful to see her observe her white, male lover and notice “It is strange to see him noticing about himself what I always notice—the optimism, the presumption, this rarefied alternate reality in which there is nowhere he does not belong.” While there have been times in my life I have felt like I didn’t belong, it is nothing like what Edie deals with 24/7. The story moves through a lot of plot developments that really keep it moving but it is about Edie and her story. People behave badly and sometimes surprise you with an actual moment of human kindness. Edie starts to figure out who she is and I felt so much happier and optimistic about her by the end. I look forward to more novels by Raven Leilani. This is an incredible debut. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I was going to DNF but suddenly it was over. Not really interested in the main character or the story at all. ( )
  adnohr | Jun 27, 2021 |
This book is an example of a very hyped debut that I tried but just didn't totally like it. However, that being said, the author is very creative and is both funny, insightful, and worthwhile. It was mainly for her writing skill and fun prose that I gave this a 3 star rating. However, the story of a 23 year old black woman, Edie, who is very destructive and knows it. We are in her here head throughout the book and as a reader I had trouble understanding her behavior. She is involved with a 46 year old white digital archivist(Eric) who has an open marriage with Rebecca who is a doctor dealing with autopsies. There is so much about their relationships(Edie moves in with them) that I couldn't accept as real, though I am sure these situations probably do exits. Maybe it is generational. I would like to see what her next book is like but it could be that this young single demographic and their stories are not for me. ( )
  nivramkoorb | May 20, 2021 |
Starting to feel like I'm reading the same book on a regular basis. The same dry, wry narrator; same doomed relationship with an older man; just enough flickers of quality to earn the right praise from the right names. Had I read them in a different order I might have loved Luster more... but I didn't. ( )
  alexrichman | May 9, 2021 |
Wavering between a 4 and 5. The book is imperfect, but it moved and surprised me in a way few books do, It is delightfully complicated in the ways humans are complicated. This is messy stuff. Messy family drama, messy coming of age, messy realities of living as a black woman with student loans and no money (and no money-generating ambition) and no mother (or other support), messy middle aged woman whose personal life is not what she planned and not what she wants but still something she needs to protect. Most messy of all is the necessity and ugliness of and need for connection. This is also freaking hilarious much of the time and deeply sad much of the time, and sometimes both simultaneously. I wanted a little more fleshing out of Rebecca and Akilah, but there is so much here. As I was reading I said this was funny and tragic, poetic and profane, cruel and humane and that is still about right. ( )
  Narshkite | May 9, 2021 |
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