Kiley Reid | Such A Fun Age

Such a Fun Age book cover

What happens when you do the right thing for the wrong reason? New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller Kiley Reid explores the concept in her latest book, Such A Fun Age, which was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize – and here she reads an exclusive extract…

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted by a security guard while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, the guard at their local high-end supermarket 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 it right.

Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she 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 all they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such A Fun Age explores what it means to make someone ‘family’ and the complicated reality of being a grown-up.

Kiley reads for us…

Such A Fun Age is published by Bloomsbury (Hardback £12.99, Paperback £8.99, Audio £12.99, Ebook £9.09) and available from Amazon.

Allison Hay

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