Such a Fun Age
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women h ...more
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Such a Fun Age is a story about Alix, a privileged, white, mother of two and Emira, 25 year old black nanny with a bachelor degree. Alix is desperate to befriend Emira and invites her and her new boyfriend Kelley to a Thanksgiving family dinner. When Emira shows up at the door with Alix's high school ex who broke her heart, everything starts to go pear-shaped and ...more
Alix Chamberlain is the textbook well-meaning rich white woman: She has black friends. She’s read everything Toni Morrison wrote. She’s trying to land a gig with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Emira Tucker is the 25-year-old black woman who babysits Alix’s two young daughters. She’s aimlessly trying to figure out her life—prefer ...more
As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it was my kind of book. I'm so happy that I won an ARC in a giveaway (thank you to Putnam Books).
The book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty-something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits. Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.
First of all, I really enjoyed this book. I found the tone and writing style ver ...more
This book has been seriously hyped, and going in I was unsure of what to expect beyond an examination of the relationship between a young black woman and her affluent white employer. Fortunately Such a Fun Age is so much more than that.
Kiley Reid's novel kicks off with Emira, a 25-year-old black woman who works part-time as a babysitter for Alix Chamberlain's daughter Briar embarking on a late night visit to a supermarket Emira is involved in an altercation with a security guard wh ...more
The story follows two women during two very different stages of life, yet also not too far apart in age. Emira is about to turn twenty-five and desperately needs a job with benefits. However, she can't let go of her babysitting job with the delightful and lovable Briar Chamberlain. The story also follows Briar's mom, Alix, who is a self-made woman, building up her brand and career with supportive family and friends behind her. Their ...more
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Emira is a young black woman, a recent-ish grad feeling aimless in her next step in life, so she babysits 2 year old Briar while she tries to figure things out. She obviously loves being Briar's caretaker, and their relationship is more than cute--it's a once in a lif ...more
The story tackles race, how we identify with each other and ourselves. I loved the story's approachable, chaotic, and honestly fun voice~ just what i was looking for!
Galley borrowed from the publishe ...more
Kiley Reid is a fresh voice in fiction, and her debut novel Such a Fun Age critically examines and flips the "white-savior motif" through the character of Emira as well as her employer, Alix Chamberlain. The fact is there are a lot of incredibly selfish characters in this book, and the fact Emira cou ...more
Emira triumphs in the end, with her friends, and I love that. Like Emira I’m a little sad about one thing and one thing only. I hate to reveal too much about books before they’re published....
Sort of reminded me Queenie if Queenie wasn’t so messed up - due to their struggle to find themselves, both dated white guys of questionable intent, both had an incredible group of ride-or-die friends.
I expected to read a chapter and give it up. Instead I read the whole book in one night. The l ...more
ARC obtained at 2019 ARSL conference.
Thanks to the publisher for an advanced copy.
Debut author Kiley Reid worked as a babysitter in New York for six years. Reid lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her first novel Such a Fun Age is published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Such a Fun Age tells the story of Emira, who is a young black babysitter in New York, trying to make the best of her life. When she babys ...more
Alix is an anxious person. Successful in her own right, she is still desperate for ap ...more
The main character, Emira, may feel adrift and unsure about when she'll ever be like her friends who have "adult jobs," but she is also a sharp-eyed observer who stands up for herself and doesn't feel comp ...more