This month’s book: “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid
In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.
“Kiley Reid’s propulsive, page-turning book is full of complex characters and even more complex truths. This is a bullseye of a debut.”—Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers
“Such a Fun Age is such a fresh voice. It’s a unique, honest portrayal of what it’s like to be a black woman in America today. Kiley Reid has delivered a poignant novel that could not be more necessary.” –Lena Waithe, Emmy Award winning writer and creator
“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
“Such a Fun Age is such a fabulous book–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