New People

  • by Danzy Senna
  • Narrated by Kristen Ariza
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class, and manners in contemporary America.
As the 20th 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 novel that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another and ourselves.


What the Critics Say

"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 resonant. A great book about race and a great book all around." (Kirkus Reviews)
"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)


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book club book

No one in our book club enjoyed this book. Was it about race or mental illness?
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Most interesting perspective!

This audio book has such emotionally engaging writing--very interesting up-to-the-minute perspective on our culture. Maria embodies how much life and identities have shifted in her lifetime, really good story too.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio