Such A Fun Age

Such A Fun Age

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525541905
Branch Call Number: Fiction Reid
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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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sjpl_rebekah Sep 26, 2020

It took me a long time to decide how I feel about this book, and to be honest I still don't really know. Lewis is a fantastic writer, so I didn't dislike the book, but at the same time I felt very unfulfilled by it. She addresses some very timely topics, yet in the end I did not really take anything away from story. I found many of the conversations between characters to be very cringey (probably intentionally so) and the twist at the end was not as shocking as I think it was intended to be. Some elements of the story were interesting, however, I don't think this book will be one that sticks with me in the years to come.

Sep 24, 2020

I enjoyed this debut novel from author, Kiley Reid. It's not my normal read though. It feels like what others call "a summer beach read" despite a plot which touches on racism, the subject du jour. Other reviewers elsewhere cast criticism on the dialogue as if they were expecting or seeking more of a screed than the story the author chose to write. I enjoyed this for what it was and found it very, very readable with interesting characters. I think this is a perfect "summer beach read" whether or not you enjoy that sort of thing.

Sep 20, 2020

Blk babysitter for white child.

Sep 18, 2020

Did NOT love this book....thumbs down!

ArapahoeJulieH Sep 05, 2020

A young African-American woman and her white (well meaning... or maybe not!) employer who is a rising influencer. Although humorous, this is a thoughtful examination of race, class politics and white privilege. A timely social commentary and good writing!

Aug 11, 2020

I don't know how I feel about this read... . I found that there were too many 'victim' characters in this book. All of the characters annoyed me at some point aside from Zara. I really liked the ending it wrapped everything up nicely. It was a nice quick read for me. Which indicates that I enjoyed the writing. Nothing much happens in the first half of the book. I hadn't read a summary of it so was left wondering what was going to happen and when. I would recommend it as a vacation read.

JCLHeatherM Aug 02, 2020

Smart, provocative, and filled with humor, author Kiley Reid delves into current topics about race, privilege, and adult-ing in a modern world.

Aug 01, 2020

A satisfying read and a page-turner. This book touches on class politics, racism, and identity in a light narrative with some surprise twists. I was particularly touched by the relationship between main character Emira and the toddler that she babysits, Briar.

Jul 27, 2020

When the black babysitter is accused of stealing the little white girl in her care, a chain of events is set off that changes the lives of all those involved.

Jul 21, 2020

Loved the relationships in this book, particularly Emira and her ward Briar.

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ArapahoeMaryA Apr 25, 2020

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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