Such a Fun Age

ISBN: 9780525541905 | BUY HERE

Emira is just doing her job and babysitting her young charge. A man sees her out and thinks something criminal is going down. He tapes a confrontation with her, posts it, and it goes viral. Alix, her employer, cannot believe that her babysitter was accused of wrongdoing when nothing was going on, and she begins to find ways to “fix” the situation. Sadly, overtones of stereotyping based on one’s origin are all too relevant in today’s world and often they are ignored. Reid’s book puts quite a spotlight on it. One of the better fiction titles out this year.


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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A REESE’S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK”The most provocative page-turner of the year.” –Entertainment Weekly“A great way to kick off 2020.” –Washington Post“I urge you to read Such a Fun Age.” –NPRA 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.

Georgette Coan
Georgette Coan is the manager of Barbara's Bookstore at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, IL. She began working for Barbara's in 2010 and was the manager at Barbara's in Burr Ridge, IL. Georgette believes that people still buy paper books because they long for the feel of a physical volume in their hands, actual books on their bookshelves at home, a way to have an actual library (you can't wrap an E-reader!) to pass onto their families. "Books harken back to a more nostalgic era. This new technology isn't for everyone; physical copies of books still offer another choice to those who don't care for the newfangled technology known as E-books and E-readers."