A beautiful and unusual debut novel from an invigorating new voice.
Alix Chamberlain is a lady who gets what she wants and has established a business teaching other women how to achieve the same through her confidence-driven company. So she is taken aback when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is approached while babysitting the Chamberlains’ child in the aisles of their local high-end supermarket one night. When the store’s security guard notices a young Black lady out late with a White youngster, he suspects Emira of kidnapping Briar, who is two years old. A small crowd forms, a spectator records everything, and Emira is enraged and embarrassed. Alix is determined to put things right.
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Alix wants to assist, but Emira is unemployed, broke, and suspicious of her. She has no clue what she wants to do with her life at 25 and is about to lose her health insurance. Both women find themselves on a collision course that will challenge everything they believe about themselves and each other when the person from Alix’s past is discovered in the video of Emira.
“A bighearted narrative about race and privilege centered around a young Black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a startling bond that threatens to wreck them both.”
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Such a Fun Age examines the sticky nature of transactional relationships, what it means to call someone “family,” and the challenging realities of adulthood with empathy and biting social criticism. It is an explosive premiere for the modern era.
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.7/5 Very good