Raven Leilani on Being Drawn to the Unlikeable Woman

The Zadie Smith-approved author talks about her debut novel, ‘Luster’

Side-by-side image of the book cover of Luster, along with a portrait shot of Raven Leilani.
Photo illustration; Image source: Nina Subin

“I feel like when I started this book, it was important to me to write a young Black woman who is hungry and dogged and deeply fallible and who is allowed latitude to make mistakes.”

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store