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Such a Fun Age

2021 . Fiction, Literary, Women, Coming Of Age . Kiley Reid

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About the book


A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • NPR • Vogue • Elle • Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping • Parade • Slate • Vox • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal • BookPage 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.










0525541918 (ISBN13: 9780525541912)



Haya 41

4 months ago


this was one of my favorites coming of age books ever it was so fast pace and it actually made me so invested to what happened to the characters that i couldn’t stop reading it is a suchh good example of how there’s no such thing as someone being fully good and someone being fully bad i loved so much will reread it soon !!


Annie Hickman

1 year ago


Definitely a page turner - I’d put it in the category of “beach read plus.” I liked the double perspectives in this book, and how they highlight how white people often ignore the agency of the black people they’re trying to help in an attempt to soothe their own anxieties about race and class.


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1 year ago


Jan ‘20 “Set in Philadelphia, the story centers around Emira Tucker, a black babysitter, and Alix Chamberlain, a white woman who employs Emira to watch her children. The story takes a turn when an incident at a local grocery store completely changes the course of both of their lives.” - Reese Witherspoon


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7 months ago


Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge.

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