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New People by [Danzy Senna]
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Editorial Reviews


Named a Best Summer Read by VogueElle, Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, Glamour, Bustle, Chicago Review of Books and Newsday

"Everyone should read it." --Vogue

"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

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

“A striking, off-kilter exploration of race and class.” –Huffington Post

“Danzy Senna’s latest stunner of a novel is both political and bingeable, worthy of a one-sitting read” --Vulture

"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.” --Porochista Khakpour, LitHub

“A darkly comic page-turner.” –Los Angeles Daily News

“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.” --Library Journal (starred)

“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)

“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

“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

"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

 Praise for Caucasia:

“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 Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2017: Maria and Khalil are two biracial twenty-seven-year-olds living together in late 90s Brooklyn. Maria is doing graduate work on the Jonestown cult, and she’s planning their Martha’s Vineyard wedding. Khalil is trying to get his startup off the ground. At Stanford, Maria considered Khalil to be the “miscellaneous” black kid surrounded by white kids. But they wound up a couple, brought together in part by their similarly beige skin color. Now in Brooklyn, they are striking out toward a comfortable existence that would see them married, successful, living in a brownstone, with a kid or two bearing cool urban names. They are even being featured in a documentary called “New People,” about the sons and daughters of interracial unions. But when Maria begins to obsess about a quiet, talented black man, whom she refers to only as “the Poet,” the story really begins to open up. Acute observations on race, status, and the choices we make—as well as some clever set pieces—make this an entertaining, thought-provoking read. While the story follows a relatively simple line, there is a lot going on thematically, and that causes the narrative to judder a time or two; but this is a novel you’ll find yourself pondering the day after you’ve finished, and probably the day after that. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Publication Date : August 1, 2017
  • File Size : 1023 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Riverhead Books (August 1, 2017)
  • Print Length : 239 pages
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01N9B9YKO
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick read
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