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.
I started the year strong with 8 books, I knew I wanted to read at least one Japanese author for January in Japan, and I opted for a classic The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo. I also wanted to try some Agatha Christie, for the first time in my thirty-eight years of life, and decided to go for two short stories featuring Hercule Poirot.