The regular bombardments of Gaza is referred to as ‘mowing the grass’ equating Palestinians to weeds, IN THEIR OWN LAND!! David M Weinberg, a former government analyst, wrote this dehumanising quote in the Jerusalem Post ‘If you fail to do so, weeds grow wild and snakes begin to slither around in the bush’ . Imagine if these words were used to describe any other group of people, for example substitute Palestinian for Israeli, it would be an antiemetic hate crime!
What sets Edie apart from other disaffected millennial leading characters (at least in the books I’ve read) is that her despair seems more tangible, more consequential. She doesn’t have the failsafe of a family or the privileges of being white. The book deals with a lot of difficult subjects including the threat of violence inherent with being a Black woman in America. Edie isn’t simply trying to find herself; she is trying to survive. Luster is the conversation about racism, sexism, and capitalism that this genre desperately needed.
I always appreciate some historical context and there’s nothing like generational trauma to create a really messed up lead character.