Kiley Reid’s debut novel Such a Fun Age – a powerful story about race and privilege by a new literary star

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, ‘the most provocative page-turner of 2020’, will be available in South Africa in February!

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Reese Witherspoon selected Such a Fun Age as her January Book Pick.

About the book

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.




‘This is the calling card of a virtuoso talent, a thrilling millennial spin on the 19th-century novel of manners that may call to mind another recent literary sensation. I had thought of ending this review by predicting that Kiley Reid may be the next Sally Rooney. But Such a Fun Age is so fresh and essential that I predict instead that next year we’ll be anxiously awaiting the next Kiley Reid.’ – Guardian

‘One of the most buzzed-about books of 2020 – and for good reason … Brilliant at capturing relationships, as well as the obliviousness of white privilege. Smart, punchy, well-paced and with an irresistible twist.’ – Elle

‘Fun is the operative word in Kiley Reid’s delectably discomfiting debut. The buzzed-about novel takes a thoroughly modern approach to the timeless upstairs-downstairs trope … This page-turner goes down like comfort food, but there’s no escaping the heartburn.’ – Vogue

‘Touching on race, class and white privilege, Kiley Reid’s page-turner keeps you flipping to see what happens next.’ – Marie Claire

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