Luster by Raven Leilani 

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.

Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes

It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. I intentionally took time off during April for Ramadan, but I have no excuse for May, other than I’ve been doing lots of reading and not a lot of reviewing (Instagram reels are taking over my life!!!) As they say, “dwelling on the past…