Title: Such a Fun Age
Authors: Reid, Kiley
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: There's a perfectly plausible explanation as to why Emira Tucker has three-year-old Briar with her in an upscale Philadelphia supermarket late on a Saturday night. However, the store's security guard is having none of it because Emira is black and Briar is white. Emira, the well-educated young woman that she is, is a babysitter for the Chamberlain family, Peter a news anchor, and Alix, a feminist blogger. Following the 'incident', which just happened to get recorded by a bystander, life is about to get interesting in ways that none of them could possibly have imagined.

Clever and thought-provoking, this is a nuanced examination of race and privilege in the here and now.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A highlight read for me this year. I loved it and can't wait to discuss it with my group."

"The main characters are great - you can see them in your mind's eye."

"This is not the kind of book I like - but I did like this one!"

"The author is an expert with dialogue and the exchanges between characters flow."

"The pacing and ordering of the story is spectacular - it hooks you straight away."

"I loved that the book was set in the present-day, which makes it timely and relevant."

"A very thought-provoking book. It encourages you to see both sides of a situation."

"After finishing reading this book, my daughter also read it and finished in one night. We had a great discussion!"

"It almost felt like 'chick lit' in parts, but I think the dialogues and young people's 'stuff' was necessary to provide the context of the two worlds."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Relationships, America, 2021 Titles


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By: MATAM 002 2021-04-21 13:35:17
This book divided our group more than any other book has! While the topic was on point, the language and writing put half the members off. Those that loved it understood the messaging and what the author was portraying. It led to a robust discussion on racism, unconscious bias and overall our state in NZ with our multi-cultural society. Very hard to rate due to the split in the group.

By: TEPUK 006 2021-04-16 13:36:04
Diverse reactions to 'Such a Fun Age'. Some members thought it shallow and pointless, while others enjoyed the modern setting and were challenged by the racism, both overt ( the store incident) and covert (Alix and Kelley) by supposedly liberal people.

By: WELL 045 2021-03-10 12:28:14
This was one of our most favourite books. We had a great discussion.

By: DANNE 005 2021-01-10 17:01:49
Easily relatable characters and convincing and interesting plot with twists and entwinement with the overall agenda of racism through the storytelling. Well executed by the author. Most of our group read the book and all that did gave it a solid 4 stars.

By: CHCH 502 2020-11-19 13:27:56
Most people liked the book, and it brought up some interesting conversation about race.

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