Such a Fun Age

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Penguin, Apr 20, 2021 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Reese's Book Club Pick 

"The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly

"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.
 

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Read for debut, woman author of color. This story really gives you a look at racism from the top down instead of the bottom up. The question being what happens when you do the right thing for the ... Read full review

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This is one of those books that shows up with some frequency on current “best of” lists but which ultimately disappoints. I nearly bailed a quarter of the way through, when Reid uses a coincidence of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
36
Section 3
57
Section 4
75
Section 5
84
Section 6
97
Section 7
123
Section 8
137
Section 11
179
Section 12
233
Section 13
263
Section 14
276
Section 15
289
Section 16
300
Section 17
307
Section 18
311

Section 9
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Section 10
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About the author (2021)

Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Reid lives in Philadelphia.

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