Such a Fun Age

Lelia's got today's #OMPReads - SUCH A FUN AGE by @kileyreid (from @PutnamBooks)! "This intoxicating novel starts with a confrontation in a supermarket when a young, Black babysitter is questioned excessively about the white toddler in her care. The incident sparks a strange impulse from the child's careerist mother, Alix (formerly known as Alex before her personal rebrand), to pursue a closer relationship with sitter Emira. As Alix's interest in Emira's life begins to border on obsession, Emira starts a relationship with the man who witnessed--and recorded--her interrogation by the supermarket security guard. Secrets, both past and present, start to simmer and then boil over until the characters' lives explode in a brutal but cathartic climax. In her first novel, Kiley Reid shows a particular skill for weaving threads between different points of view and offering a complex but entertaining portrait of modern racism."

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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.