Praise for New People

“Agile and ambitious, the novel is also a wild-hearted romance about secrets and obsessions, a dramedy of manners about educated middle-class blacks – the talented tenth – that is Senna’s authorial home ground…"

— Elle

“A brilliant, thoughtful treatise on race and identity in the 21st century.”

— PopSugar

"...a dense psychological portrait of a black woman nearing the close of the 20th century: inquisitive, obsessive, imaginative, alive. She is as puzzling as she is alluring.”

— New Republic

“Well-constructed, brooding…Senna’s latest is a great read, both compelling and thoughtful."

— Library Journal

"Senna's fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing...[NEW PEOPLE] combines the clued-in status details you'd find in a New York magazine article with the narrative invention of big-league fiction. Every detail and subplot, including Maria's dissertation on the Jonestown massacre and her buried secret about a college prank gone awry, is resonant. A great book about race and a great book all around.”

— Kirkus

" author who’s been weaving indelible portraits of race and class in America for nearly two decades..."

— Harper's Bazaar

“You’ll gulp Senna’s novel in a single sitting—but then mull over it for days.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“Blazing, unstoppable…”

— BookPage

“Remarkable. 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.”

— Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

New People sparkles with precision, and with antic and merciless hilarity. I was seduced into reading it in one sitting, but will be thinking about it for a long time to come. This book—utterly grave, and yet beautifully light-hearted—is a wonder."

— Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers

“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."

— Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

“Danzy Senna detonates the bomb between respectability and desire. In hypnotizing prose, New People kicks you in the gut, then sings you a lullaby. Read this and be haunted. Senna is a master."

— Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day

Praise for You are Free: Stories

“Deft, revealing stories [from] a writer for our time… This book rises to even greater heights than Senna's 1998 novel Caucasia…A fresh, insightful look into being young, smart and biracial in postmillennial America.”

Kirkus (starred)

“Senna skillfully exposes the cracks in her characters’ domestic lives…Though [these] stories address race, class and gender, they never devolve into simple case studies. Rather, her collection offers nuanced portraits of characters confronting anxieties and prejudices that leave them not as free as they would like to be.”

The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“Danzy Senna’s perceptive stories in You Are Free show how nothing is black-and-white.”

Vanity Fair, Hot Type

Praise for Caucasia:

“Senna’s remarkable first novel [will] cling to your memory. . . . [She] tells this coming-of-age tale with impressive beauty and power.”


“Superbly illustrates the emotional toll that politics and race take on one especially gutsy young girl’s development as she makes her way through the parallel limbos between black and white and between girl and young woman. . . . Haunting and intelligent.”

The New York Times Book Review

Praise for Symptomatic

“Extraordinarily original.”

The Washington Post

“Senna’s debut novel . . . was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author evoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up . . . proves the raves were right on target.”


Praise for Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

“Senna is masterly at relaying—and, more important, withholding—information . . . every lead, every twist, begs for a page-flip.”

The New York Times Book Review

“A keen examination of a utopian-minded marriage scarred by America’s racially divided past.”