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Virtual Event – Kiley Reid
September 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is thrilled to welcome Kiley Reid, author of one of 2020’s best novels, Such a Fun Age for a virtual author event.
Such a Fun Age is a striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. Such a Fun Age has been longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, is A Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and was an Instant New York Times Bestseller.
Kiley Reid will be in conversation with Carissa Kellerby from Tulsa City-County Library.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. To register in advance visit:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 CDT.
Such a Fun Age is currently available at Magic City Books or you can order a copy here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/such-a-fun-age/182
About Such a Fun Age
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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 empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Reid lives in Philadelphia.