Such A Fun Age

Such A Fun Age

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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," the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525541905
Branch Call Number: F REID
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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DCLadults Jan 15, 2020

A New & Noteworthy pick. An engaging debut novel with nuance. A young black babysitter shopping at a high-end market is accused of kidnapping her 2-year-old white charge. Perfect for book clubs.

Jan 14, 2020

This debut novel has a lot to say about friendship, race, family and careers as well as learning to mind your own business. When Emira, a black graduate of Temple University can’t seem to find a goal for her future, she takes a job as a nanny for a wealthy couple. Carrying for the three-year old, Briar, who’s mom, Alix, is so busy with her own career and the baby sister, Emira falls in love with the chatty young girl. When confronted by a security guard in an upscale market, Emira stands up for herself when the guard accuses her of kidnapping Briar. The video taken by a white guy who later becomes her boyfriend is supposed to be deleted but becomes crucial in the ending of the book. When Emira’s boyfriend, Kelley and her boss, Alix, discover they had a bad love relationship in high school, both Kelley and Alix try to convince Emira how despicable the other is. I found the ending of this novel very satisfying.

JCLHeatherC Jan 06, 2020

There is a lot to unpack in this debut novel. A great read!

debwalker Dec 30, 2019

White privilege hits the wall....

Dec 16, 2019

Library Reads 2019

OPL_BethS Dec 04, 2019

Confronted issues of race and privilege in a thoughtful way. While most characters were fleshed out, the book did leave me wanting to know more about the main character, Emira.


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