Vox Book Club: Such a Fun Age, a biting social satire with a killer Thanksgiving scene


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American literary canon has no shortage of nightmarish Thanksgiving scenes, but I think the crankiest Thanksgiving I’ve ever read appears at the climax of Kiley Reid’s witty, biting first novel, Such a fun age.

This Thanksgiving begins with white liberal-fluent mom Alix, awake the night before dinner, proudly counting in her head how many black guests she’ll have at her table. There will be five of them, including her daughter’s babysitter. But unbeknownst to Alix (pronounced uh-leeks; notably, she’s not French), someone else is going to show up to her Thanksgiving dinner – an ex-boyfriend who once saw her do something Alix feels perfectly justified to do, but that she recognizes could do some people thinks she is racist. Everything will spiral from there.

If you want to experience this Thanksgiving dinner in all its horror, join the Vox Book Club as we spend November digging into smart racial politics and social satire from Such a fun age. Then, at the end of the month, we’ll meet Reid live on Zoom, and you can join us there. (We’ll update this post with an RSVP link as soon as it’s available.) In the meantime, subscribe to the Vox Book Club newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Full Vox Book Club Hours by November 2021

Friday, November 19: Discussion message on Such a fun age published on Vox.com

Tuesday, November 30, 5 p.m. EST: Live virtual event with author Kiley Reid. We will update this article with an RSVP link as soon as it becomes available. Questions from readers are encouraged!

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