Such a Fun Age
G.P. Putnam's Sons
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and New York Times bestseller. This is a big-hearted debut 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 is a woman who gets what she wants. A mother to two small girls, she started as a blogger and has built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So, she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira, is confronted by a security guard who sees a young black woman with a white child and accuses Emira of kidnapping her daughter. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.
Emira 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.
“It’s both wildly fun and breathtakingly wise, deftly and confidently confronting issues of race, class, and privilege. I have to admit, I’m in awe.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author