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.

The 2020 Booker Prize
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Kiley Reid

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Kiley Reid’s short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Such a Fun Age is her debut novel.
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