Such a Fun Age (Penguin LCC US)

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Winner of the African American Literary Award  Finalist for:  The  New York Public Library's 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award The Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award The NAACP Image Award The Athenaeum of Philadelphia's 2020 Literary Award  A Book Club Pick: Vox & #8226 Marie Claire #ReadWithMC & #8226 Buzzfeed & #8226 Book Girl Magic & #8226 Well-Read Black Girl & #8226 WNYC Get Lit With All of It & #8226 Nerdette & #8220 Reid constructs a plot so beautifully intricate and real and fascinating that readers will forget it& #8217 s also full of tough questions about race, class and identity& #8230 .With this entertaining novel, Reid subverts our notions of what it means to write about race and class in America, not to mention what it means to write about love. In short, it& #8217 s a great way to kick off 2020.& #8221 & #8212 Washington Post & #8220 A complex, layered page-turner& #8230 This is a book that will read, I suspect, quite differently to various audiences& #8212 funny to some, deeply uncomfortable and shamefully recognizable to others& #8212 but whatever the experience,....Let its empathetic approach to even the ickiest characters stir you, allow yourself to share Emira& #8217 s millennial anxieties about adulting, take joy in the innocence of Briar& #8217 s still-unmarred personhood, and rejoice that Kiley Reid is only just getting started.& #8221 & #8212 NPR & #8220 [ Such a Fun Age] nestl[es] a nuanced take on racial biases and class divides into a page-turning saga of betrayals, twists, and perfectly awkward relationships....The novel feels bound for book-club glory, due to its sheer readability. The dialogue crackles with naturalistic flair. The plotting is breezy and surprising. Plus, while Reid& #8217 s feel for both the funny and the political is undeniable, she imbues her flawed heroes with real heart.& #8221 & #8212 Entertainment Weekly   & #8220 Reid& #8217 s acerbic send-up of identity politics thrives in the tension between the horror and semiabsurdity of race relations in the social media era. But she is too gifted a storyteller to reduce her tale to, well, black-and-white& #8230 .Clever and hilariously cringe-y, this debut is a provocative reminder of what the road to hell is paved with.& #8221 & #8212 O, The Oprah Magazine & #8220 Lively& #8230 [A] carefully observed study of class and race, whose portrait of white urban affluence& #8212 Everlane sweaters, pseudo-feminist babble& #8212 is especially pointed. Attempting to navigate the white conscience in the age of Black Lives Matter, Reid unsparingly maps the moments when good intentions founder.& #8221 & #8212 The New Yorker & #8220 Such a Fun Age is blessedly free of preaching, but if Reid has an ethos, it& #8217 s attention: the attention Emira pays to who Briar really is, and the attention that Alix fails to pay to Emira, instead spending her time thinking about her& #8230 .The novel is often funny and always acute, but never savage Reid is too fascinated by how human beings work to tear them apart. All great novelists are great listeners, and Such a Fun Age marks the debut of an extraordinarily gifted one.& #8221 & #8212 Slate   & #8220 [A] hilarious, uncomfortable and compulsively readable story about race and class.& #8221 & #8211 TIME & #8220 [A] funny, fast-paced social satire about privilege in America& #8230 Beneath her comedy of good intentions, [Reid] stages a Millennial bildungsroman that is likely to resonate with 20-something postgraduates scrambling to get launched in just about any American city.& #8221 & #8212 The Atlantic & #8220 Provocative...Surprisingly resonant insights into the casual racism in everyday life, especially in the America of the liberal elite.& #8221 & #8212 The New York Times Book Review '[An] entertainingly sharp observation of money, class and racism.' & #8212 Parade & #8220 Fun is the operative word in Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid& #8217 s delectably discomfiting debut. The buzzed-about novel takes a thoroughly modern approach to the timeless upstairs-downstairs trope....Told from alternating points of view, the novel loops through vibrant vignettes set in reggaeton nightclubs and Philadelphia farmers markets before landing firmly on one side of the maternal divide& #8230 .This page-turner goes down like comfort food, but there& #8217 s no escaping the heartburn.& #8221 & #8212 Vogue & #8220 Buoyed by a tight narrative structure, Such a Fun Age is a compulsive read whose dark humor comes at the expense of Emira, who often finds herself sitting in the wormy discomfort of a social faux pas.& #8221 & #8212 Elle & #8220 [ Such a Fun Age] grapples with racism and nods to titans of literature....[A] vivid page-turner [that] explores agency and culpability through the entangled lives of Emira and her employer, Alix.& #8221 & #8212 Vanity Fair & #8220 Such a Fun Age keeps it real on race, wealth, and class& #8230 .Subtly illustrat[es] the systemic racism in America and the ways that we& #8217 re routinely perpetuating it or being subjected to it on a daily basis. The question that will sit with readers for days after finishing the book: What role do I play?& #8221 & #8212 Marie Claire & #8220 If you don& #8217 t read [ Such a Fun Age] soon, you will have nothing to talk about at book clubs, dinner parties, playgroups, or friend drinks. Kiley Reid& #8217 s debut novel& #8230 is getting raves and making waves.& #8221 & #8212 Glamour & #8220 [A] sparkling debut& #8230 [ Such A Fun Age is] an entertaining tale with plenty to say about race, human connection, and the pitfalls of good intentions.& #8221 & #8212 People (Book of the Week) & #8220 Such a Fun Age tackles big issues& #8212 race, class, employer-caregiver tensions& #8212 through a riveting story.& #8221 & #8212 Real Simple & #8220 Crack open Kiley Reid& #8217 s buzzy, addictive debut, Such a Fun Age& #8212 you& #8217 ll inhale it. Reid deftly reveals a surprising overlap between a twentysomething babysitter& #8217 s and her well-to-do employer& #8217 s very different circles, then plunks you down to wait for the collision.& #8221 & #8212 Martha Stewart Living 'This striking exploration of race, class, and what it means to be 'woke' in today's world will stick with readers long after the last page.' & #8212 Good Housekeeping '[An] interesting look at how Millennials navigate pre-existing concepts of race, classism, micro-aggressions, and transactional relationships.' & #8212 Teen Vogue & #8220 The immensely talented Reid tackles the nuances of relationships and privilege with a light and practiced touch.& #8221 & #8211 InStyle & #8220 An exploration of race and racism and misguided perceptions of the issue, executed with wit and a sharp edge& #8230 [ Such a Fun Age] reveals how trapped black people who work in service jobs for white people feel, how easily privileged whites& #8212 who would protest any claims of prejudice& #8212 can fetishize blacks, or fail to see them as fully three-dimensional humans. And yes, dear reader, you are implicated in this too.& #8221 & #8212 The Boston Globe & #8220 A bold, urgent, essential exploration of race, class, labor, friendship, identity and self-delusion, both deliciously readable and incredibly complex. This smart, quick-paced novel tracks the fallout and triumphs that follow its characters& #8217 slightest gestures and impulses. Without ever resorting to didactic tones or prescriptive proclamations, Reid portrays the way different bodies are read in public spaces& #8230 .From a craft perspective, Reid& #8217 s debut is an exemplar novel: Each character& #8217 s voice is perfectly distinct in dialogue each text message is plausible, powerful. There is humor [and] not a small amount of suspense& #8230 .Not a word is wasted, and not a nuance goes unnoticed in this masterwork.& #8221 & #8212 Minneapolis Star Tribune & #8220 With concise writing and characters who continually reveal new layers, Such a Fun Age uses a modern setting to examine age-old topics such as race, class and transactional relationships. It& #8217 s a rewarding read, not just because those topics are important, but also because readers will be thinking about them long after the last page.& #8221 & #8212 San Francisco Chronicle & #8220 By blurring the lines between hero and villain, victim and tormenter, Reid sets out to examine who& #8217 s complicit in racism and the insidious, subtler forms by which prejudice sometimes exerts itself in Such a Fun Age.& #8221 & #8212 NBC News & #8220 [A] provocative novel that explores themes of race and privilege in modern-day American society.& #8221 & #8211 TODAY   & #8220 [ Such a Fun Age] will leave you on the edge of your seat.& #8221 & #8212 theSkimm (Skimm Reads)   & #8220 A sharply clever debut novel about the uneasy relationship between a privileged young woman, Alix, and her black babysitter, Emira, who is stopped by a security guard one night while taking care of Alix& #8217 s child. All manner of awkwardness ensues.& #8221 & #8212 New York Post   & #8220 With all its awkwardness and tension considered, Such a Fun Age is immensely readable, almost unbelievably so. The pages fly, relaxed with frequent dialogue and references to social media and paced impeccably by the compelling triangles between Alix, Emira and the various relationships (transactional, romantic) that bind them& #8230 .The sweet-and-sour spot between heavy and light, a book about difficulty and nuance, specifically regarding class, money, and race.& #8221 & #8212 Michigan Daily & #8220 Witty and biting& #8230 [Reid] is writing smart, accomplished satire here. The prose is so accessible and immediate that it seems to turn transparent as water as you read, but it& #8217 s laced with telling details about liberal racial politics& #8230 .[ Such a Fun Age& #8217 s] satire never overwhelms its empathy toward its characters. That& #8217 s what makes them feel like fully realized people& #8212 and what makes their casual bourgeois racism so painfully, cringingly familiar to read.& #8221 & #8212 Vox & #8220 Instantly compelling, this debut novel from bold new voice Kiley Reid is poised to be one of 2020& #8217 s most-talked-about books& #8230 .Braids coincidence with pitch-perfect dialogue as it dives deep into the uncomfortable dynamics of race and privilege. It& #8217 s also hilariously astute about myriad other aspects of modern life, from dating to décor.& #8221 & #8212 Net-a-Porter & #8220 Writing in a breezy, conversational style, Reid has a knack for creating recognizable characters & #8212 both Alix and Kelley are particularly devastating send-ups of a certain kind of earnest white liberal....Fortunately, the seeming simplicity of the prose doesn& #8217 t detract from the complicated morass Reid creates, showing us how race and class become entangled in a way that is refreshingly humorous and compulsively readable.& #8221 & #8212 Buzzfeed & #8220 A searing commentary on race and privilege.& #8221 & #8212 Refinery29 & #8220 Darkly funny and often sincere& #8230 The satire is cutting, but the novel is at its best when it shows, without the distancing effects of humor, how the white characters reinforce racism even when they seem to oppose it& #8230 .Reid& #8217 s novel captures something important about race and the inexorability of whiteness, upward mobility, and the inescapability of digital life.& #8221 & #8212 BookForum & #8220 [A] sharp and gripping debut...Written with both empathy and unflinching candor, Reid's novel delivers piercing social commentary on race and privilege in America that will have you contemplating it long after you finish reading.& #8221 & #8212 BookRiot 'This exploration of racial tensions and privilege reveals that the best intentions don't always stem from sheer goodwill.' & #8212 Domino 'It's smary, wry, plot-driven, and all about how earnest white people so often get race majorly wrong.' & #8212 Bustle 'A  smart, thoughtful novel that you will want to discuss with your friends. Perfect for book clubs.' & #8212 PopSugar '[A] pitch-perfect debut novel...Reid [shows], with both biting humor and enormous empathy, how deeply awry good intent can go& #8212 especially when it comes to the complicated issues of race and class in late-2010s America.' & #8212 PureWow '[A] narrative rife with empathy as it explores race, privilege, and what happens when we do the right things for the wrong reasons.' & #8212 Shondaland 'Kiley Reid tackles the white savior complex and transactional relationships in her hilarious and relevant debut.... Such a Fun Age captures the consequences of unexamined privilege while also bringing to light the discomfort of post-graduate limbo....A smart, engaging novel packed with nuance.' & #8212 Bust 'Curious, empathetic Sags will fall for this debut novel, a coming of age story about a young black babysitter and the white woman she works for, which also happens to be one of the most anticipated books of the month.' & #8212 Lit Hub, Astrology Book Club & #8220 This novel about race and privilege is the book we all need to read as the 2020 election year approaches.& #8221 & #8212 Electric Literature 'It's timely, the characters are fantastic, but, more than that, it's in the literary space but almost has the pacing of a thriller. It's a magic trick of a book.' & #8212 LitReactor & #8220 Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories that tackle serious issues with a touch of wit will find this a worthy alternative to a wild night out.& #8221 & #8212 Ms. Magazine & #8220 Witty, smart, and relevant.& #8221 & #8212 Omaha World-Herald & #8220 Reid& #8217 s clear writing style is the perfectly invisible backdrop to the action. Her dialogue is witty and authentic& #8230 .As the drama unfolds, Such a Fun Age sucks you in and surprises you. With this debut novel, Reid provides a fresh look at how racial anxieties can drive both healthy and heated conversations about race, while exposing toxic relationships.& #8221 & #8212 Chicago Review of Books   & #8220 [Reid] blends black horror, satire, and current events to create a scathing critique of white, middle-class America. Her social commentaries land like a series of swift kicks to the ribs tokenizing, fetishizing, and every microaggression you can imagine are blown up to proportions too large to miss, unless you& #8217 re in denial.& #8221 & #8212 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & #8220 Kiley Reid doesn& #8217 t shy away from tackling tough contemporary topics like class, race and privilege, yet she manages to thoroughly entertain the reader while delivering social commentary. This fast-paced story feels like a romp, but underneath, you& #8217 ll find currents of strained relationships, the ripple effect of transactional relationships, and bouts of anxiety and humiliation.& #8221 & #8212 The Addison County Independent   '[A] heart-piercing look at relationships and race...Reid's story captures the reader with a rich, layered narrative that avoids the rookie mistake of being overly descriptive or forced. She opens her characters' lives and invites the reader in. And we are captivated.' & #8212 Chicago Now & #8220 Reflecting on themes of race, class, friendship, and romance, Reid has written a page-turner for our time, one that you can speed through in a day but will likely mull over for much longer.& #8221 & #8212 Here Magazine & #8220 One of the most incisive books I& #8217 ve read about race and class in modern-day America. It& #8217 s also really funny. And fun& #8230 It also has one of the most exquisitely awkward Thanksgiving dinners I& #8217 ve ever read.& #8221 & #8212 WBEZ ('Nerdette') '[A] lighthearted yet searing look at the racial and social divisions in America.' & #8212 Augusta Chronicle & #8220 Reid asks how our relationships, values, and sense of self can survive in a society built on racism, classism, and privilege. Which is not to say that Such a Fun Age is not a fun read. Reid& #8217 s tone is warm and gimlet-eyed, and her prose fleet. The novel occasionally verges into spiky social satire and the climax credibly veers from hilarious to heartbreaking. . . It is a story that offers laughter, tears, and rage& #8212 some readers may feel recognition, and others discomfort.& #8221 & #8212 Broad Street Review '[A] deft and heartfelt exploration of race, class, parenthood, and youth.' & #8212 Business Insider & #8220 Reid has an ear for dialogue, and a keen eye for details that make characters come alive. Readers will laugh out loud at some of the pitch-perfect lines and cringe at others, as she tackles race and privilege in a way that is fresh and nuanced. A great pick for fans of Celeste Ng& #8217 s Little Fires Everywhere.& #8221 & #8212 425 Magazine & #8220 Darkly humorous.& #8221 & #8212 Suitcase Magazine & #8220 Such a Fun Age signals the arrival of a bold, intrepid new voice with a story heavy-handed in both its dealings of racial prejudices and its wholehearted conviction to salve those wounds with hope and understanding.& #8221 & #8212 Paperback Paris & #8220 To call this a novel about race would be to diminish its considerable powers, just as to focus on race alone is to diminish a human being. It skillfully interweaves race-related explorations with astute musings on friendship, motherhood, marriage, love and more, underlining that there& #8217 s so much more to us than skin. 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.& #8221 & #8212 The Guardian & #8220 A new literary star& #8230 What a joy to find a debut novel so good that it leaves you looking forward to the rest of its author& #8217 s career. With an unfussy, witty voice comparable to American contemporaries Curtis Sittenfeld and Taffy Brodesser-Akner, in Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid has painted a portrait of the liberal middle class that resonates far beyond its Philadelphia setting& #8230 .A tantalizingly plotted tale about the way we live now: about white guilt and virtue-signaling, but also about the uneven dynamic between domestic staff and their employers& #8230 . Such a Fun Agespeaks for itself I suspect it will turn its writer into a star.& #8221 & #8212 The Times (UK) & #8220 Flawlessly paced& #8230 Reid writes with a confidence and verve that produce magnetic prose, and she& #8217 s a whiz at dialogue& #8230 .While race dominates, Reid is far too engaged a writer to let it define a narrative that has equally incisive observations to share about everything from maternal ambivalence to dating mores. Hypocrisy and forgiveness get a look in, and in some respects, this is a novel that& #8217 s as much about money and class as anything. All in all, it& #8217 s a crackling debut& #8212 charming, authentic and every bit as entertaining as it is calmly, intelligently damning.& #8221 & #8212 The Observer (UK)   & #8220 The first chapter of Kiley Reid& #8217 s debut, Such a Fun Age, might be one of the most powerful opening scenes you& #8217 ll read in the coming months& #8230 .These first few pages set the tone for what follows: a subtle exploration of not just racial dynamics, but motherhood, work, emotional labor, female friendship and how to find your place in the world& #8230 .The pages sing with charisma and humor.& #8221 & #8212 Sunday Times Style (UK)   & #8220 Smart, fast-paced and beautifully observed, Reid tackles timely themes around race and political correctness with wit and verve.& #8221 & #8212 The Mail on Sunday (UK)   & #8220 A whip-smart, keenly observed and thought-provoking examination of privilege, race and gender.& #8221 & #8212 Daily Mail (UK)   & #8220 Reid is wincingly good on the well-intentioned attitudes that mainly serve to sooth white liberal consciences but her eye for social comedy roves far and wide& #8230 .A smart, witty debut that smuggles sharp points about racial blindness, privilege and the gig economy inside a zesty comedy of manners.& #8221 & #8212 Metro (UK)   & #8220 [A] compelling indictment of humans, of how we interact with ourselves and each other. . . Reid is joyously funny on the wokeness of the white progressive liberal [yet] the novel undermines stereotypes even as it courts them.& #8221 & #8212 Financial Times 'Reid explores privilege and the problematic nature of the white savior in a debut you won't be able to put down.' & #8212 Bookish & #8220 Brilliant...Witty, relevant, and thought-provoking, Such a Fun Age tackles issues of race, privilege, and the nature of transactional relationships.& #8221 & #8212 BookBub & #8220 The strength of Such a Fun Age lies in Reid's even hand with both Emira and Alix, whose points of view switch off fairly regularly throughout the novel. Neither character is archetypal: Emira is levelheaded but frustratingly aimless, and Alix is entitled without being risible& #8212 well, until the book's end....[A] conversation starter of a debut novel.& #8221 & #8212 Shelf Awareness & #8220 Briskly told and devilishly well-plotted. . . Kiley Reid& #8217 s game-changing debut novel is rooted in classic dialogue-driven storytelling and is a marker for precisely where our culture is today.   . . Such a Fun Age hits every note just right& #8230 .What takes the book to the next level is its willingness to go beyond where the story naturally leads& #8230 .Smart, witty and even a bit sly, this penetrating social commentary is also one of this year& #8217 s most readable novels.& #8221 & #8212 BookPage (starred review) & #8220 Reid& #8217 s debut sparkles with sharp observations and perfect details& #8212 food, décor, clothes, social media, etc.& #8212 and she's a dialogue genius.. . . Her evenhandedness with her varied cast of characters is impressive.. . . Charming, challenging, and so interesting you can hardly put it down.& #8221 & #8212 Kirkus Reviews (starred review) & #8220 In her debut novel, Reid illuminates difficult truths about race, society, and power with a fresh, light hand. We're all familiar with the phrases white privilege and race relations, but rarely has a book vivified these terms in such a lucid, absorbing, graceful, forceful, but unforced way.& #8221 & #8212 Library Journal (starred review) & #8220 Reid crafts a nuanced portrait of a young black woman struggling to define herself apart from the white people in her life who are all too ready to speak and act on her behalf& #8230 .Reid excels at depicting subtle variations and manifestations of self-doubt, and astutely illustrates how, when coupled with unrecognized white privilege, this emotional and professional insecurity can result in unintended& #8212 as well as willfully unseen& #8212 consequences. This is an impressive, memorable first outing.& #8221 & #8212 Publishers Weekly 'In her smart and timely debut, Reid has her finder solidly on the pulse of the pressures and ironies inherent in social media, privilege, modern parenting, racial tension, and political correctness.' & #8212 Booklist & #8220 Reid is a sharp and delightful storyteller, with a keen eye, buoyant prose, and twists that made me gasp out loud. Such a Fun Age is a gripping page-turner with serious things to say about racism, class, gender, parenting, and privilege in modern America.& #8221 & #8212 Madeline Miller, author of Circe & #8220 Such a Fun Age is a startling, razor-sharp debut. Kiley Reid has written a book with no easy answers, instead, filling her story with delicious gray areas and flawed points of view. It's both wildly fun and breathtakingly wise, deftly and confidently confronting issues of race, class, and privilege. I have to admit, I'm in awe.& #8221 & #8212 Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six & #8220 An amazing debut...A sort of modern Austen-esque take on racism and modern liberal sensibilities...except that description makes it sound far more serious and less clever than it is. [Kiley Reid] has a forensic eye.& #8221 & #8212 Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You & #8220 This is a deft coming-of-age story for the current American moment, one written so confidently it& #8217 s hard to believe it& #8217 s a first novel. Kiley Reid explores serious issues& #8212 race, class, sex, power, ambition, and what it& #8217 s like to live in our hyperconnected world& #8212 with a light touch and sly humor.& #8221 & #8212 Rumaan Alam, author of That Kind of Mother  & #8220 Kiley Reid's propulsive, page-turning book is full of complex characters and even more complex truths. This is a bullseye of a debut.& #8221 & #8212 Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers & #8220 This is not a world of easy answers but one in which intentions don& #8217 t match actions and expectations don& #8217 t match consequences, where it is possible to mean something partly good and do something mostly bad. The result is both unsparing and compassionate, impossible to read without wincing in recognition& #8212 and questioning yourself. Such a Fun Age is nothing short of brilliant, and Kiley Reid is the writer we need now.& #8221 & #8212 Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists & #8220 Kiley Reid& #8217 s witty debut asks complicated questions around race, domestic work, and the transactional nature of each.& #8221 & #8212 Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People & #8220 Kiley Reid has written a timely novel that asks what we owe to those we care for in this complicated world. With intimate, touching observations, Reid details the lives of two complicated, loving women who are trying to figure out how to live their best lives in a world that does not always make space for them to do so.& #8221 & #8212 Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman & #8220 Such a Fun Age is such a fabulous book& #8211 a crisp, wry, and insightful novel about class, race, and relationships. Kiley Reid is a gifted young writer with a generosity that makes her keen social eye that much funnier and sharper.& #8221 & #8212 Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins & #8220 Gripping, substantive, complicated, compelling, and just plain true....These characters laid claim to me, and their stories became important to me in the way art does that to its readers, viewers, listeners....Such a fantastic, serious, and, I should say, fun read.& #8221 & #8212 Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers & #8220 The first time in a long time that I had a novel glued to my hands for two days... Such a Fun Age is so witty, so touching and humane. Just utterly phenomenal.& #8221 & #8212 Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist & #8220 Such a Fun Age is such a fresh voice. It& #8217 s a unique, honest portrayal of what it& #8217 s like to be a black woman in America today. Kiley Reid has delivered a poignant novel that could not be more necessary.& #8221 & #8212 Lena Waithe #1 Indie Next Pick #1 LibraryReads Pick One of... The New York Times' 10 Books to Watch for in January USA Today's 5 Books Not to Miss Vogue's Best Books of Winter Elle's Best Books of 2020 So Far Marie Claire's 10 Best Books of Winter 2019  Real Simple's Most Anticipated Books of 2020  O, The Oprah Magazine& #8217 s Best Books to Read this January People's Book of the Week  Glamour's Best Books of 2020 (So Far) 

ISBN 978-0-593-41818-5
Abmessungen (B/H/T) 196x129x21mm
Gewicht 232 g