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Such a Fun Age (Hardback)
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Such a Fun Age (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 07/01/2020
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'Kiley Reid is the writer we need now' CHLOE BENJAMIN, AUTHOR OF THE IMMORTALISTS What happens when you do the right thing for the wrong reason? Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket 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 it 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 awkwardness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone `family', the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526612144
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Kiley Reid's witty debut asks complicated questions around race, domestic work and the transactional nature of each * Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People *
Kiley Reid has delivered a poignant novel that could not be more necessary * Lena Waithe *
Such a Fun Age is a startling, razor-sharp debut. Kiley Reid has written a book with no easy answers, instead filling her story with delicious grey areas and flawed points of view. It's both wildly fun and breathtakingly wise, deftly and confidently confronting issues of race, class, and privilege. I have to admit, I'm in awe * Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six *
In Such a Fun Age, Emira Tucker's relationships with her employer and new boyfriend culminate in an unexpected, combustible triangle so ingeniously plotted and observed that my heart pounded as though I was reading a thriller. This is not a world of easy answers but one in which intentions don't match actions and expectations don't match consequences, where it is possible to mean something partly good and do something mostly bad. The result is both unsparing and compassionate, impossible to read without wincing in recognition - and questioning yourself. Such a Fun Age is nothing short of brilliant, and Kiley Reid is a writer we need now * Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists *
A crisp, wry and insightful novel about class, race and relationships. Kiley Reid is a gifted young writer with a generosity that makes her keen social eye that much funnier and sharper * Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins *
Gripping, substantive, complicated, compelling and just plain true ... These characters laid claim to me, and their stories became important to me in the way art does that to its readers, viewers, listeners ... Such a fantastic, serious and, I should say, fun read * Paul Harding, author of Tinkers *

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