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Thought-provoking, engaging, and what great plot twists!
January 6, 2020
I began the new year with a book that had me so riveted that I don’t know how anything is going to come close to matching its verve. This is Kiley Reid’s debut novel SUCH A FUN AGE. A thought-provoking tale of race, privilege, relationships, motherhood, and more. The book brings it to the new decade with wit, engaging characters, and mouth-gaping plot twists.
Reid astutely delves into the psyche of her characters so that you know them down to the most minute detail from their thinking, dialogue, motives, habits, and mannerisms. Brilliant. Yes. Especially because the key figures in the novel don’t share the same moral principles, which of course makes the book that much more interesting.
Emira, a young, black woman struggling to find where she wants to be in life, is brought to the forefront of a tense scene in an upscale neighborhood grocery store where she is on an errand with her charge, the precocious toddler of Alix, her white employer, who unintentionally left her thriving brand-building/instagramming/empowering women careerish for a more sedate life. A spectacle takes place when a not-a-cop and a meddlesome shopper make false accusations and well, havoc ensues.
In the book, reactions to the incident vary, but there is no doubt that it is unforgivable.
Brought together are the very chill, the super neurotic, and some who are ready to self-destruct. I did have my favorites, including the youngster Briar, who will reach into your heart, twist it a bit, and leave you wondering what kind of woman she will grow up to be. And, Emira’s devoted, always cheerleading but tell it like it is friend Zara, who is a comic genius. You will wish she were your ride or die.
SUCH A FUN AGE is a story that will stay with you long after you finish the book.
Breathlessly awaiting Ms. Reid's next book.