Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Kiley Reid author of Such a Fun Age.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who 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 profound 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. Its complex characters never settle for easy answers and no one leaves with clean hands. It’s full of razor-sharp moments that will make you cringe in recognition—of yourself and of others—but also ones that will make you feel every spectrum of emotion. This is an important book that is compulsively fun to read: a rare combination in today’s fiction.
KILEY REID is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured and are forthcoming in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where her short story was the first-place winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest. Last summer she attended the Cuttyhunk Island Residency as the recipient of the Paul Cuffee Scholarship. She lives in Philadelphia.