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Author: Danzy Senna Narrator: Kristen Ariza Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781524776862
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Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT

Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY




Vogue • Elle • Harper's Bazaar Glamour • Buzzfeed • In Style • Men's Journal • Bustle • Ms. Magazine • Pop Sugar 
• Newsday • The Millions • Time Out • Bitch • CNN's The Lead • The Fader

"[A] cutting take on race and class...part dark comedy, part surreal morality tale. Disturbing and delicious." -People

"You’ll gulp Senna’s novel in a single sitting—but then mull over it for days.”
 Entertainment Weekly

"Everyone should read it." Vogue

From the bestselling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class and manners in contemporary America.

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about "new people" like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria's perfect new life but her very persona.

Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • I stayed up way later than planned to finish New People, Danzy Senna’s riveting, take-no-prisoners, dystopic dream of a novel. More scorcher than satire, New People loads identity, race, despair, and desire into a blender then hits high. Get ready to stay up late, to be propelled, pricked, and haunted. Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
  • "Danzy Senna detonates the bomb between respectability and desire. In hypnotizing prose, New People kicks you in the gut, then sings you a lullaby. Read this and be haunted. Senna is a master. Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day
  • Senna’s remarkable first novel [will] cling to your memory. . . . [She] tells this coming-of-age tale with impressive beauty and power. Newsweek
  • Superbly illustrates the emotional toll that politics and race take on one especially gutsy young girl’s development as she makes her way through the parallel limbos between black and white and between girl and young woman. . . . Haunting and intelligent. The New York Times Book Review
  • New People sparkles with precision, and with antic and merciless hilarity. I was seduced into reading it in one sitting, but will be thinking about it for a long time to come. This book—utterly grave, and yet beautifully light-hearted--is a wonder. 
    --Rachel Kushner, author of The Flame Throwers
  • “Remarkable. New People plays out like Greek tragedy and social comedy all at once, reminding you that the worst kind of hell is always the one we raise.  Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing… [she] combines the clued-in status details you'd find in a New York magazine article with the narrative invention of big-league fiction…. Every detail and subplot…is resonant. A great book about race and a great book all around. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • “Blazing, unstoppable… a fast, darkly funny read. BookPage

    "A great read, both compelling and thoughtful. The narrative has a page-turning urgency, as Maria tumbles toward a disaster of her own making.
  • "Shrewd and funny. Newsday

    “An absolutely brilliant darkly comic wild ride of a novel—it’s completely fearless and subversive while at the same time incredibly honest and accurate in how it approaches race and class.
  • Danzy Senna’s latest stunner of a novel is both political and bingeable, worthy of a one-sitting read Vulture
  • “A striking, off-kilter exploration of race and class. Huffington Post
  • You’ll gulp Senna’s novel in a single sitting—but then mull over it for days. Entertainment Weekly
  • The third novel by an author who’s been weaving indelible portraits of race and class in America for nearly two decades could not have arrived at a more apt time…The stakes of Senna’s latest triumph are both personal and global and will provide a powerful and necessary echo of our current cultural climate. Harper's Bazaar
  • Everyone should read it. Vogue
  • Named a Best Summer Read by VogueElle, Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, Glamour, Bustle, Chicago Review of Books and Newsday
  • Vogue Pick for Summer
  • Elle Magazine Pick of Summer Reads
  • Harper’s Bazaar Pick for Summer
  • Glamour Magazine Pick for Summer Reading
  • Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far

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About the Author

Danzy Senna is an author whose first novel, the bestselling Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, she is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and the story collection You Are Free, among others.

About the Narrator

Kristen Ariza is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.