I loved this book so much that I got to the last 15 pages and then put it aside for days because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these folks yet.
New People by Danzy Senna was sent to me in the August Call Number subscription box. It is the story of a mixed couple who have been together for a very long time. The story is told from the woman’s point of view as she struggles with her past and the idea of her future and whether or not she wants to marry the man she’s engaged to. By all accounts he’s a great guy but she wonders if there isn’t something more exciting out there for her.
In an apparent effort to create something more exciting for herself, she ends up making up a relationship in her mind with a man she’s a casual acquaintance of. When she finally realizes that the entire relationship is in her mind (not before stealing a baby though, because why wouldn’t a person steal a baby?) she gets nuttier and nuttier, eventually turning into a full-blow stalker.
Yet, she maintains enough common sense and the ability to survive in her life in a way that makes it hard to really accept that she’s gone off the deep end for a long time.
I read other reviews of this book, and most of them complain about the ending. I hear ya – it does just sort of stop rather than have a concrete ending. I felt fine about it but if you’re a person who wants an ending that ties up all loose ends (or, any loose ends, really) then this isn’t going to be a winner for you.
Rating: 10/10 – God damn, it is going to be hard to pick favorite books at the end of the year.
Recommended for: Everyone. Seriously, all y’all.
Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace test? Yes
Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character: Y / Y / Y / Y