Kiley Reid’s debut novel, SUCH A FUN AGE (PenguinRandomHouse) is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege. It’s set around a young black babysitter, Emira Tucker and her well-intentioned employer, Alix Chamberlain. They are cast into a situation that threatens to undo them both.

Alix 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 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’s definitely worth checking out.



Kiley Reid earned her MFA 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. Reid lives in Philadelphia.

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24 thoughts on “SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. I do not know much about the subject but I will certainly read and verify, I do not like being asked someone and not knowing or being able to comment on the matter. Thank you.

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  2. I am Caucasian and babysit an African American little boy. When I take him out to a restaurant or park, I see the looks and do not care! They usually assume I am his mother, which is fine with me. However, why assume anything? He is sweet and I am fortunate to have him in my life. I can only imagine what people of color deal with on a daily basis. Would love to read and review this book.

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  3. I can’t speak on class issues as much since I grew up in an environment that didn’t lend itself to these situations, but I know many experience discrimination due to this.

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  4. Unfortunately racism is a Big issue and apparently I don’t think it will go away, people are too narrow minded to the real world in which we live. You know I am a parent to 2 wonderful and beautiful children , which they are half latino and half caucasian, well I am so very Proud of myself because my now adult grown children with children of their own have told me many of times that they never saw color growing up, everyone to them was the same and an equal, which is how the whole world should think. Have a Great week. Thank you for the chance. God Bless you for writing this Book.

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  5. I don’t know a lot about class issues but I know that there are basically 3 classes of people according to the world. Lower, middle and upper class. To me there is one class which is God’s children. I treat everyone the same no matter their class.

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  6. The financial disparity between classes is growing. People in the “middle class” struggle to live paycheck to paycheck, and in many areas it takes 2 or more jobs to have a small basic place to live. 😦

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  7. I have never had to deal with class or race issues, living in a small rural community. I have read and seen on the news only some situations.

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  8. I don’t know much about class issues firsthand, other than the issues my daughters and I faced when they were in school, and the entitled few thought the world was theirs, and others weren’t important.

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  9. I don’t fee like I have enough experience to really comment about class issues. That is one reason that really widely is so important.

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  10. The term class began to replace classifications such as estates, rank & orders as the primary means of organizing society into hierarchical divisions in the late 18th century.

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  11. Limited first hand knowledge on the basis of race, but have experienced discrimination in the job force based on appearance. Would love to read this novel.

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  12. I know of the three classes, lower, middle and upper, that the lower class really struggle financially and socially. Paying bills and putting food on the table is a constant struggle, most don’t have and can’t afford health insurance. Children growing up in poverty today are at a very distinct disadvantage.

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  13. I don’t like the whole class separation idea as I feel it restricts the potential growth of children. If a child grows up knowing that they were raised in a lower class, they may only feel that is their only option in the future. Labels can be detrimental to growth and don’t think they are necessary for most things.

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  14. I know that class issues have been with us for far too long. We need to realize that people are people no matter the color of their skin, or their ethnicity, or their religion.


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