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Everybody's Talking About Kiley Reid's Debut Novel

BY MEGAN LABRISE • January 14, 2020

Race and class challenge female friendships in Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age.

 

The Philadephia-based novelist is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut, Such a Fun Age (Putnam), explores the complex relationship between Emira Tucker, a 25-year-old black babysitter living in Philadelphia, and her employer, Alix Chamberlain, a white 30-something blogger/influencer/mother of two.

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Reid discusses how she conceived the novel's powerful opening scene, the influence of Rachel Sherman’s Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence (Princeton University Press) on her work, her approach to writing dialogue, and whether she finds it challenging to empathize with her characters.

Then, children’s editor Vicky Smith, YA editor Laura Simeon, and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau offer their reading recommendations for the week.

 

Editors’ picks:

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Rick Riordan Presents/Disney)

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends)

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe (Riverhead)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

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