What We’re Reading in July!


We’re super excited to share that our July Book Club selection is New People by Danzy Senna! From the bestselling author of Caucasia, New People is a subversive and engrossing novel about race, class, and manners in contemporary America. 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.

Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, calls the novel “remarkable,” going on to say that “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.” And Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts, writes:

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.

Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by June 20 to participate in our month-long reading of New People, which will culminate in a live, online discussion with Danzy Senna about the book!

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