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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Published March 4, 2020

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Book info

  • Title Such a Fun Age
  • Author Kiley Reid
  • Year 2019
  • Genre Contemporary

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix's desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know - about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.

Thoughts

I’ve gone a bit book club crazy at the moment, and there has to be a limit, but before I find it, I picked up this book on the recommendation of one Reese Witherspoon. Such a Fun Age starts with the story of Emira, who is cornered in a supermarket and accused of kidnapping the white child that she is babysitting.

It broadens out to delve into the past, present and future of the mother of the child Alix, and a new man on the horizon Kelly. These three provide the backbone of the story as it winds around obsession and jealousy, curiosity, guilt, and all of it with the spectre of racism in various forms hanging around.

It’s intriguing and interesting, at heart a simple story of a woman finding her place in the world, but with many layers on top of that to make an intriguing book from start to finish. I listened to the audiobook, too, and it was exceptionally well read by Nicole Lewis.

Rating: 4 / 5

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