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  • New People

  • By: Danzy Senna
  • Narrated by: Kristen Ariza
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72

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.

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  • Different!!

  • By MsMarsha on 11-17-17

Just ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Heard the author interviewed about "New People" on NPR last week & immediately purchased the book. I agreed with the Scott Simon, the interviewer, the "ending was lacking". The story was suspenseful in some areas but didn't go anywhere. It was a strange story that JUST ENDED.