Such a Fun Age - Reading Guide
Background, discussion points and further reading links for Kiley Reid’s insightful, engaging debut novel
Kiley Reid explores the awkwardness of transactional relationships and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
Alix is a woman who gets what she wants. Emira - 25, aimless and broke - babysits for Alix. One night, Emira takes Alix’s two-year-old daughter to a local shop. Seeing a young Black woman with a white child, a security guard accuses her of kidnapping. A crowd gathers, a bystander films everything - and Emira is utterly humiliated. Without saying anything, Alix resolves to ‘make things right’. But then the video of Emira unearths someone from the past who changes everything for both of them.
About the AuthorKiley Reid’s short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Such a Fun Age is her debut novel.
I’m fascinated by transactional relationships, and how they often operate with feelings of ownership