Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

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 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.

Title:Such a Fun Age
ISBN:9780525541905
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  • Emily May

    Wow. The writing in this book is so light and breezy and easy to read that it can take a while to appreciate the depths the author takes us to in Such a Fun Age. Combine the compelling writing with a ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! Okay! I don’t know what I have to feel about this book. Did I like it? Mostly I did. But as soon as I finish, I felt like something missing. Maybe I didn’t like how the things ended for the c...

  • Chaima ? ?????

    Full review now posted HERE on my blog Still thinking about the former senior books editor at Bustle who wrote a review for this book titled "Most Likely to Be a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick" bef...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** **REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK**This is one of those books that’s hard to review because I think if read quickly it would come across as just a good story. Reading this more...

  • Berit???

    Such a fab book! Kiley Reid’s debut was extremely readable, tremendously thought-provoking, and very hard to review. On the surface this was an engaging story about Emira, A 25-year-old African-Amer...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Emira Tucker, an African American woman, was going to turn 26 years old next week........soon to get booted off her parents’ health insurance. She’s known for a while that her babysitting job - ( ...

  • JanB

    4.5 stars There are books I read for the pure pleasure of the storytelling and there are books I read to make me think. Occasionally a book comes along that does both, without it being an “issue boo...

  • Larry H

    This was a thought-provoking novel I didn’t want to put down.Emira is nearly 26, that crucial age when she’ll be dropped from her parents’ health insurance. While most of her friends have starte...

  • karen

    this book is smart and excellent in like twelve different ways. believe all hype.review to come....

  • Michelle

    It's taken a few days for me to figure out how I want to review this. This is one of those books where there is so much going on, but the author made it so digestible that it's easy to miss things. It...