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New People - Danzy Senna

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Published: 1st August 2017
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Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY

Vogue • Elle • Harper's Bazaar Glamour • Buzzfeed • In Style • Men's Journal • Bustle • Ms. Magazine • Pop Sugar 
• Newsday • The Millions • Time Out • Bitch • CNN's The Lead • The Fader

"[A] cutting take on race and class...part dark comedy, part surreal morality tale. Disturbing and delicious." -People

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

"Everyone should read it." Vogue

From the bestselling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class and manners in contemporary America.

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about "new people" like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria's perfect new life but her very persona.

Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.

Named a Best Summer Read by Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, Glamour, Bustle, Chicago Review of Books and Newsday "You'll gulp Senna's novel in a single sitting--but then mull over it for days." --Entertainment Weekly"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"A striking, off-kilter exploration of race and class." -Huffington Post "Compellingly provocative... [Senna] creat[es] a dense psychological portrait of a black woman nearing the close of the 20th century: inquisitive, obsessive, imaginative, alive." -New Republic"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 Named a Best Summer Read by Elle, Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, Glamour, Bustle, and Newsday "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, as we find ourselves in the aftermath of a real-world presidential election immersed in identity politics...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 "Blazing, unstoppable... a fast, darkly funny read." --BookPage "Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing... Senna 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 Elle "Best Books to Read This Summer" BuzzFeed "Incredible New Books You Need to Read This Summer" GLAMOUR "New Books by Women You're Guaranteed to Love This Summer" Bustle "New Fiction Books To Read This Summer" "Danzy Senna's latest stunner of a novel is both political and bingeable, worthy of a one-sitting read" --Vulture "Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing... Senna 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 "Both political and bingeable." --Vulture "Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing... Senna 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 "Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing... Senna 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) "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 -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 Praise for Symptomatic: -Extraordinarily original.---The Washington Post -Senna's debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target.- --Elle Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night? -Senna is masterly at relaying--and, more important, withholding--information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip.- --The New York Times Book Review -A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America's racially divided past.- --Vogue "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 Praise for Symptomatic: "Extraordinarily original."--The Washington Post "Senna's debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target." --Elle Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night? "Senna is masterly at relaying--and, more important, withholding--information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip." --The New York Times Book Review "A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America's racially divided past." --Vogue 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 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 Praise for Symptomatic: Extraordinarily original. The Washington Post Senna s debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target. Elle Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Senna is masterly at relaying and, more important, withholding information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip. The New York Times Book Review A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America s racially divided past. Vogue" "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 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 Praise for Symptomatic: Extraordinarily original. The Washington Post Senna s debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target. Elle Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Senna is masterly at relaying and, more important, withholding information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip. The New York Times Book Review A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America s racially divided past. Vogue" Reviews: 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 Praise for Symptomatic: Extraordinarily original. The Washington Post Senna s debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target. Elle Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Senna is masterly at relaying and, more important, withholding information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip. The New York Times Book Review A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America s racially divided past. Vogue"

ISBN: 9781594487095
ISBN-10: 159448709X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1