Alix Chamberlain has employed Emira Tucker to babysit her two year old daughter three days a week. Alix is thirty something, Caucasian,has started a successful company and just snagged a book deal with Harper Collins. Emira is Black, a college graduate with no money who is not sure what she wants to do with her life. When Emira is falsely accused by a security guard of kidnapping Alix’s daughter, she meets Kelley Copeland who tries to help her with this difficult situation. Coincidentally, Kelley dated and broke up with Alix when they were in high school together.
Yes, when I began reading Such a Fun Age, I thought it was going to be a soap opera-like novel with obvious racial problems. However, the more I read and thought about Kiley Reid’s debut novel, the more I realized it is a complex work with a number of timely issues.