Kiley Reid is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a babysitter for six years.
The first time in a long time that I had a novel glued to my hands for two days. This so seldom happens to me. It is so good! So witty, so apposite to basically EVERYTHING going on right now, so touching and humane, just utterly phenomenal * Jessie Burton * Kiley Reid's witty debut asks complicated questions around race, domestic work and the transactional nature of each * Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People * Kiley Reid has delivered a poignant novel that could not be more necessary * Lena Waithe * 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 grey 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 * Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six * In Such a Fun Age, Emira Tucker's relationships with her employer and new boyfriend culminate in an unexpected, combustible triangle so ingeniously plotted and observed that my heart pounded as though I was reading a thriller. This is not a world of easy answers but one in which intentions don't match actions and expectations don'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 - and questioning yourself. Such a Fun Age is nothing short of brilliant, and Kiley Reid is a writer we need now * Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists * Kiley Reid's propulsive, page-turning book is full of complex characters and even more complex truths - this is a bullseye of a debut * Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers * 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 * Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins * 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 * Paul Harding, author of Tinkers * This is a deft coming-of-age story for the current American moment, one written so confidently it's hard to believe it's a first novel. Kiley Reid explores serious issues - race, class, sex, power, ambition and what it's like to live in our hyperconnected world - with a light touch and sly humour * Rumaan Alam, author of That Kind of Mother * 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 * Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman *