New People by Danzy Senna

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Read New People Online Free - 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.

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ISBN : 159448709X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★☆☆

July 27, 2017

Interesting and ambitious novel about multiracial identity. Maria is a strong protagonist--frustrating, hard to really know, intelligent, strange. The overall tone of the book is moody and wry and meditative. Interesting structure with the heavy use of flashbacks. Feels... incomplete. While Maria...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2017

I was once a PhD student in ethnomusicology, so to find a protagonist with that shared experience was a huge surprise and definitely added a start to my reading of this novel. I loved Maria and her weird obsessions, but she did start making puzzling decisions near the end. I enjoyed the ongoing d...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

The narrative of the rudderless twenty-something in New York City takes on new life when there's a real reason for the lack of direction. In NEW PEOPLE Senna introduces us to Maria, who is working hard to create a specific identity for herself as a mixed-race woman. She's created the kind of life...

rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

September 09, 2017

I usually give three stars to books that I liked just enough. In the case of this book, I'm not happy rating it so low, especially now that I want to read everything else Danzy Senna has written. But I can't think of any other way to express my disappointment that it felt so rushed to its end. An...

Latanya rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2017

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Tiffany rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 08, 2017

I received a copy of New People as a Goodreads Giveaway. The writing itself is not bad, in fact, there are moments in the book where I genuinely enjoy her writing. The problems I have are with the story itself, the themes, and the characters. The characters are one dimensional and there is little...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

This book was so strange, so compelling and so uncomfortable, I could have read another 200 pages and never grown tired of it. It's the 1990s and Maria and her fiancé Khalil are, as the documentary they're starring in puts it, "new people." Born in the late 60s to early 70s, new people are "the pr...

Mel rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 13, 2017

This has the disjointed feel of Jami Attenberg's All Grown Up, but stronger. (Not better.) Heads up: the only thing I read before listening to this book on audio was the synopsis on the inside flap at the bookstore. Reading a review now I see it was meant to be in the same satirical vein of the Se...

Shirleen rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2017

3.75/5 Incomplete review. Draft 2 as of August 24, 2017 New People is a short, magnetic, strange, book. Strange in how Danzy Senna combines a perceptive biracial heroine Maria with opaque motives. Strange in how Senna pairs a lifeless main plot -- Maria has trepidations over whether to marry Kha...

Uriel rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 17, 2017

Not exactly what I was expecting. On the surface it's a simple story of obsession interspersed with bits about the narrator's dissertation on Jonestown and a few shining moments discussing race/class differences. Like other reviewers, the ending had me quite puzzled — the book feels only half fin...

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