Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

Confident, fast and easy – and also very unsettling. Surface embarrassments become deeper self-deceptions as white wokeness gets satirised pretty comprehensively in a plot that will keep you guessing. The 3-year-old is written brilliantly too – I’d like a sequel about her growing up.

Extract

Emira loved the ease with which she could lose herself in the rhythm of childcare. She didn’t have to worry about having interesting hobbies. The fact that she still slept in a twin bed meant nothing to Briar or any of her plans. Every day with Briar was a tiny victory that Emira didn’t want to give up. Seven o’clock was always a win. Here’s your kid. She’s happy and alive.

Parallels
  • Lullaby by Leila Slimani
  • Parasite - film by Bong Hoon Jo