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Scenes from an open marriage: Luster, by Raven Leilani, reviewed

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

Luster Raven Leilani

Picador, pp.240, 14.99

One of Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2020, Raven Leilani’s debut comes acclaimed by a literary Who’s Who that includes Zadie Smith, the author’s teacher at New York University. Five months after Luster became an instant New York Times bestseller, it hits British shores on a tsunami of hype that might grate if the novel weren’t so blindingly good.

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