An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Kirkus Prize Winner
A National Indie Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Longlisted for the 2020 Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties - sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick and clocking in and out of her admin job. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including a wife who has agreed to an open marriage - with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting 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. Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life in a tumultuous era.