The Vox February book pick is assured and cutting.
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As a bright spot in the midst of this strange February, the Vox Book Club is reading Raven Leilani’s assured and cutting debut novel, Luster, a psychosexual family drama about a young Black woman named Edie who moves in with her white boyfriend, his white wife, and their Black daughter.
Luster is one of those books that makes the world seem both clearer and more interesting than you thought it was. But what really makes it sing is Leilani’s ability to evoke with precise and damning detail the hypocrisy of the smugly virtuous white liberal landscape Edie is trying to navigate. There’s so much to unpack here, which is why I’m excited to announce that at the end of the month, we’ll be meeting live on Zoom with Leilani herself to talk the whole thing through — and you can join us!
In the meantime, join in our discussion of Luster’s psychosexual structure, and subscribe to the Vox Book Club newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything.