Luster is Raven Leilani’s first novel in 2020. The book follows a 20-year-old Black woman who engages in an open marriage with a forty-things white man. Farrar, Straus and Giroux released Luster on 4 August 2020. It was mostly greeted positively.
In this darkly comic book, Luster sees a young black woman finding her way through life as an artist and into love. Sshe meets Eric, a Luster Raven Leilani Book Review New Jersey digital archivist who has committed to an open marriage with his family.
Edie finds herself unemployed and living with Eric in this world of modern sexual etiquette and ethnic politics. She becomes his wife’s reluctant companion Luster Raven Leilani Book Review and his adopted daughter a de facto role model. Edie ‘s young Akila’s only black woman, maybe.