Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid audiobook

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid
Read by Nicole Lewis

Penguin Audio 9780525541905
9.97 Hours 1
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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.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A People Pick of the Week

A USA Today Pick of Must-Read Books of January

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Immersive Audiobooks

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick for Book Clubs

A New York Times Pick of Books to Watch for in January

Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in Audio

A Vogue Pick of Books for Winter

A Chicago Review of Books Pick for December

A Pop Sugar Pick for Winter

A Bustle Pick of Must-Read Books for January

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Smart, witty and even a bit sly, this penetrating social commentary is also one of this year’s most readable novels.” BookPage (starred review)
A whip-smart, keenly observed and thought-provoking examination of privilege, race and gender. Daily Mail (UK)
“Reid’s debut sparkles with sharp observations and perfect details—food, décor, clothes, social media, etc.—and she’s a dialogue genius.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“We’re all familiar with the phrases white privilege and race relations, but rarely has a book vivified these terms in such a lucid, absorbing, graceful, forceful, but unforced way.” Library Journal (starred review)
“In her smart and timely debut, Reid has her finder solidly on the pulse of the pressures and ironies inherent in social media, privilege, modern parenting, racial tension, and political correctness.” Booklist
[A] lighthearted yet searing look at the racial and social divisions in America. Augusta Chronicle 
“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories that tackle serious issues with a touch of wit will find this a worthy alternative to a wild night out. Ms. Magazine
“Reid unsparingly maps the moments when good intentions founder.” New Yorker
“Provocative…Surprisingly resonant insights into the casual racism in everyday life, especially in the America of the liberal elite.” New York Times Book Review
“This striking exploration of race, class, and what it means to be ‘woke’ in today’s world will stick with readers long after the last page.” Good Housekeeping
“A smart, thoughtful novel that you will want to discuss with your friends. Perfect for book clubs.” PopSugar
“Narrator Nicole Lewis hooks listeners with her lively pacing and vivid characterizations…Lewis skillfully delivers the snappy repartee between Emira and her best friend, Zara, and the “Sex and the City” vibe of Alix and her New York City friends…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Kiley Reid

Author Bio: Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid earned an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English