Such A Fun Age
A NovelBook - 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK
"The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly
"A great way to kick off 2020." --Washington Post
"I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR
A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
Baker & Taylor
Seeking justice for a young black babysitter who was wrongly accused of kidnapping by a racist security guard, a successful blogger finds her efforts complicated by a video that reveals unexpected connections. A first novel.
From Library Staff
Emira is accused of kidnapping the white child she is babysitting. The mother decides she will "make things right" for Emira, even though Emira is more worried about having health insurance and a steady job. Such a Fun Age takes on race and privilege in this debut novel.
Lois at Columbus: "Author Kiley Reid lived in Tucson for part of her life and will be presenting in two panels at the Tucson Festival of Books 2020"
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In this debut novel, an African-American babysitter is accused of kidnapping the Caucasian child she cares for. The location of this "kidnapping"? The aisles of the local grocery store.
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One day, when Emira would say good-bye to Briar, she'd also leave the joy of having somewhere to be, the satisfaction of understanding the rules, the comfort of knowing what's coming next, and the privilege of finding a home within yourself.
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