I was lucky enough to be contacted by Midas Publication Relations and asked if I would like to participate in the blogtour to promote the Cheltenham Literature Festival. As a past visitor how could I say no, and to receive a surprise book by one of the authors attending the festival was an added bonus.
My book was Luster by Raven Leilani which I will be taking on my upcoming holiday. Check out the blurb and author details below. She will be appearing at the Festival on Saturday 16th October. Follow the link for all the details
Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2021
Longlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction 2021
The Sunday Times Bestseller
‘A book of pure fineness, exceptional.’ Diana Evans, Guardian
‘A giddy joy, crafted with mischievous perfection.‘ Mail on Sunday
Edie is just trying to survive. She’s messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up. And then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn’t have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics as a young black woman wasn’t already hard enough, with nowhere else left to go, Edie finds herself falling head-first into Eric’s home and family.
Razor sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster by Raven Leilani is a painfully funny debut about what it means to be young now.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Literary Hub, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Time, Good Housekeeping, InStyle, NPR, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Town & Country, Wired, New Statesman, Vox, Shelf Awareness, i-D, BookPage and more.
One of Barack Obama’s Favourite Books of 2020
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award.
About the author
Raven Leilani’s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Cut, among other publications. Leilani received her MFA from NYU and is currently the Axinn Foundation Writer in Residence there. Luster is her first novel.