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Raven Leilani

Warwick’s presents
Raven Leilani
in conversation with Rachel Khong


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:00pm PDT

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On Thursday, September 17th at 4:00pm Warwick's will host Raven Leilani as she discusses her debut novel, Luster, in conversation with Rachel Khong. Raven Leilani's work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. Leilani received her MFA from NYU and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence. Luster is her first novel.

Raven Leilani crafts a beautiful, bighearted story about intimacy and art that will astound and wound you. I couldn’t put this one down.Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half

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.

Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Buzzfeed, Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Believer. Her debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, won the California Book Award for First Fiction. She is founder of The Ruby, a work and event space for women and nonbinary writers and artists in San Francisco’s Mission district. She lives in San Francisco.

Luster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374194321
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020