Such a Fun Age
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A striking debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection between them that threatens to undo them both. Alix Chamberlain is a woman wh...o gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mom to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. She and her company, LetHer Speak, are a fixture on the working-mom-slash-CEO circuit. So, she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlain's toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman with a white child out late at night, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right. But Emira herself 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. With big-hearted empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age is a story for our times, unearthing the stickiness of transactional relationships, the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.