New People

New People

eBook - 2017
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FEATURED AS A PEOPLE MAGAZINE "PICK OF THE WEEK" AND A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ PICK BYVogue • Elle • Harper's Bazaar • Glamour • Buzzfeed • Bustle • Ms. Magazine • Pop Sugar • Newsday • The Millions • 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." –VogueFrom 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780698172463
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 04, 2017

I was very disappointed in this book and wondered why I kept reading it. Yes, Senna writes well and, yes, there are some interesting insights. However, I did not like Maria, the main character, and I found believability an issue with a lot of the situations in which she became enmeshed. At the end, Maria was a "stalker" with few, if any, redeeming characteristics. The ending left me wondering if there were a few chapters left out or, if, like me, the author just reached the point where she didn't care for Maria and left us all dangling because she couldn't bring herself to finish the book. It certainly didn't lead me to wanting to read anything else by this author. My judgment? Don't waste your time!

Sep 04, 2017

Interesting but leaves you high and dry. Hard to like Maria.

Aug 08, 2017

An unusual, entertaining slice of life. Maria is engaged to Khalil but secretly has a quasi relationship with "the poet" and goes to unusual and hilarious ways to follow him. Maria and Khalil are being filmed in a documentary New People at the same time they are planning their wedding. The story is threaded through with Maria's research on the Jim Jones massacre, her relationship with Gloria her adoptive mother, and her male relationships. Senna weaves colorful, entertaining, and clever subplots without it becoming heavy or too complicated.
A delightful read!


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