Such a Fun Age Author:Kiley Reid 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 ... more »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 stickiness 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.« less
Fantastic book. Emira (African American) is a nanny for a privileged wealthy white woman. When she is in the grocery store with the 3 year old the store owner thinks she is kidnapping the child. A bystander makes a video . . . which is later released without Emira's consent. And there is the fallout from that and how it affects everyone lives. But there is more than just the story of race relations here although that is a big part of the story. There is also loneliness, and confusion, and love (especially Emira's love for the little girl she babysits), and coming of age, and romantic relationships, and learning to stand up for yourself, and just a really good page turning story with characters you love and root for and other characters who are evil. Good drama.