Picked as the Best Summer Read of 2017 by a number of publishing powerhouses, ‘New People’ by Danzy Senna is disturbingly delicious.
The main protagonist Maria along with her college sweetheart, Khalil is planning their perfect wedding. They were crowned Prom Queen and King and everyone knew that they are a match made in heaven. 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. They’ve even landed roles in a documentary about “new people” like them. Maria is leading that ‘perfect life’ with the ‘perfect man’. She has everything and more but there is this one thing… she can’t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. This is when the book gets disturbingly dark – when Maria’s life is not that perfect anymore.
A funny social satire that spirals into a thriller. You will not be able to put his book down. You will be intrigued and will draw parallels as you try to understand why she acts the way she does.
As reported by Vulture, Danzy spoke about Maria:
Veering away from personal experience into fantasy is a crucial first step for her as a novelist “in order to let bad things happen or let your characters do bad things.”