Such A Fun Age

Such A Fun Age

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Large Print - 2019
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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 humilated. 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.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780593152379
0593152379
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 24 cm
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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 l... Read More »

It starts with a racist incident with a young black nanny working for a white family, but it's about so much more than that. This book deftly explores racism, microagressions, as well as the power and race dynamics of childcare wrapped up in a compelling story.

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SMCLAdultPicks Mar 27, 2020

A page-turning novel that explores race, social class, and where good intentions and mixed motives get muddled.


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KatG1983
Jul 07, 2020

Pretty classic 'mom book club' book, keeps you interested and moving forward. The plot moves at a nice clipped pace, and is a quick read. Presume Reese Witherspooon will eventually turn this into a limited series and play yet another perfectionist uptight mom :)

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marylferg
May 27, 2020

I found this book to be fascinating. I couldn't put it down.

STPL_Kerry Apr 01, 2020

This was a fun, easy read, but for me had a very unsatisfying ending (I want more closure!!). I understand why it is part of Reese's book club: I can absolutely see her making a TV series out of this (she is probably already planning on playing Alix!!) It has the ingredients for an entertaining show (and an enjoyable read). It's not too deep or serious, which sometimes is just what you need.

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LeistraCJ
Mar 26, 2020

I found this book quite boring. The storyline was just plain boring. I guess it's supposed to be making some big statement about racism, but I just didn't feel it.

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midori_hon
Mar 15, 2020

oh, the cracks that form between intention, action, and result; between how we see ourselves and how others perceive us.
i've swirled, but i had to look up some words in urban dictionary. sigh, i am officially old.

MaryBee Mar 14, 2020

I think it's time to stop reading books that have been chosen by Reese Witherspoon as part of her book club. This was shallow, had very little plot and it was based on a silly high school incident that any grown adult should have moved past after a year or two. I assume it was meant to be a comment on race and inequality, but it was poorly done.

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BioCook
Mar 12, 2020

I couldn’t put down the book until I finished! I enjoyed learning about Alix, Emira, and everyone in their social circles. Very interesting social commentary on race and privilege with a nice satirical twist. I’m glad I went out to buy the book instead of twiddling my thumbs on the waitlist for a couple of months. Highly recommend!

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Linyarai
Mar 12, 2020

I read this for the "A Hardcover" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I have mixed feelings about this book. I read it almost in a single day, so it was definitely gripping enough to keep me focused, but I'm not sure I was really into the plot or the characters. The ending also felt a bit loose and unsatisfying.

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Cas22
Mar 08, 2020

Unlike previous reviewers, I just couldn’t get into this book and gave up about a quarter of the way through. I know it it has had rave reviews, especially because it cleverly addresses the rabid racism that still lurks beneath the surface of American society, but there is only so much inane dialogue between “twenty somethings” that I can endure. And there were pages of it! Maybe if you are also a “twenty something” you might get something out of it. I’m not and I didn’t.

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knradach
Mar 07, 2020

Overall a very quick and easy read. My main problem with this book is that it's primary point of emphasis is on race, and race is not something that comes across easily from words on a page. I had a hard time remembering what ethnicity the characters were (namely Emira and Alix's groups of friends) so sometimes the impact of the words were lost on me.

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Emira, a young African American woman, goes to her employer Alix's house for Thanksgiving where Alix remarks to herself how great it was that there were 5 black people in attendance, ("Oh how diverse and accepting am I..." kind of sentiment). For the life of me I could name two at that moment, I had to really sit there and think about it.

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ArapahoeMaryA Apr 25, 2020

One day, when Emira would say good-bye to Briar, she'd also leave the joy of having somewhere to be, the satisfaction of understanding the rules, the comfort of knowing what's coming next, and the privilege of finding a home within yourself.

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