Books and Bathrobes with Kiley Reid
Books & Bathrobes With Kiley Reid
Monday, May 18, 2020
Literary Affairs invites you to an exclusive ONLINE Books & Bathrobes event with Kiley Reid about her New York Times and LA Times bestselling debut novel Such a Fun Age. Join us on Zoom for a book club style conversation between Julie Robinson and Kiley Reid followed by a Q & A.
Monday, May 18
10:30am – 12pm
The safety and comfort of your own home.
Bathrobes or sweats encouraged.
$5 requested to help defray our costs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Such A Fun Age is her first novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.