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Luster Audiobook

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Read By: Ariel Blake Publisher: Bond Street Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780385696876

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70:42 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

39:56 minutes

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize for Best First Book Winner of the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Fiction Winner of the 2021 Dylan Thomas Prize Finalist for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel Longlisted for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction  A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Named Best Book of the Year by O: the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Town and Country, Amazon, Indigo, NPR, Harper’s Bazaar, Kirkus Reviews, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping   Sharp, comic, disruptive, and tender, Luster sees a young Black woman fall into art and someone else's open marriage. Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She's also, secretly, haltingly, figuring her way into life as an artist. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren't hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and falling into Eric's family life, his home. She becomes a hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie is the only Black woman who young Akila knows.      Razor-sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

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“There is a universal appeal to Blake’s performance as Edie…Blake’s delivery has an immensely human, relatable quality that makes the listener want the best for Edie…Her skill makes this an engrossing listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “So delicious that it feels illicit.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A lively, unforgettable coming-of-age story.”

    — Esquire
  • “An irreverent intergenerational tale of race and class that’s blisteringly smart and fan-yourself sexy.”

    — O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Edie’s life is a mess, her past is filled with sorrow, she’s wasting her precious youth, and yet, reading about it all is a whole lot of fun.”

    — Vogue
  • “It’s a wild ride…Just about every page crackles with humor and modern neuroses about sex, race, class, gender, age, you name it.”

    — Philadelphia Inquirer


  • New York Times bestseller
  • Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • O Magazine Best Book of 2020
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
  • A Glamour Magazine Pick of 2020's Best Books
  • A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2020
  • The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year 
  • Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Among longlisted titles for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, 2021
  • Winner of Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, 2020
  • Winner of Dylan Thomas Prize, 2021
  • Winner of Kirkus Prize for Fiction, 2020
  • Winner of National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, 2020
  • Among shortlisted titles for PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for Women's Prize for Fiction, 2021

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About Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani’s work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Narrative, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. She won Narrative’s Ninth Annual Poetry Contest and the Matt Clark Editor’s Choice Prize, as well as short fiction prizes from Bat City Review and Blue Earth Review.

About Ariel Blake

Barrie Kreinik is an actor, singer, playwright, and voice-dialect coach based in New York City. Her audiobook narrations have earned an AudioFile Earphones Award. A graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program, she is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.