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Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid
2019, 305 p.
E21-11

Emira Tucker, a young black woman, works as a babysitter for Alix Chamberlain, a rich social media celebrity. When Emira takes her three-year-old charge Briar to the supermarket, she is accused of having kidnapped a white child. Although Emira is not all that bothered and more concerned about having little money and no proper job, Alix is horrified by the incident. She realises that she doesnt know Emira very well and decides that is going to change. Finding out more about her babysitter confronts her with events from her own past that turn her world upside down and at the same time change the direction of Emiras future. In addition to friendship, motherhood and class, race is an important theme in this novel. It is described from an interesting angle as it is the white people in Emiras life, proud of themselves for having so many black people among their friends, who are more preoccupied with race than she is.

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