Emira Tucker loves her job babysitting little Briar Chamberlain. One night, Emira’s boss, Alix, asks Emira if she could help her out by coming to get little Briar for a little bit while they had an emergency in their house.
Emira had been out with friends in nightclub apparel and takes Briar to a grocery store in a wealthy white neighborhood. Emira is approached by a security guard and accused of kidnapping little Briar. Another person in the grocery store videos the exchange. This experience leads Emira to acquiring a new person in her life.
What follows is a story of Alix’s past and her thoughts on motherhood, her business, and her past in conjunction with Emira’s struggles to find a “grown up” job with health insurance and to find a place to fit in in the world.
Kiley Reid’s debut novel explores racism, privilege, empathy, compassion, and adulthood.
I really loved this novel. I didn’t know what to expect and chose it just because Reese Witherspoon had it as her January choice before the book was even released!
This novel starts making the reader think that he or she is reading a lighthearted chick lit book, but it transitions before the reader can even expect it into making the reader question their own thoughts and actions on race and privilege.
I’m so impressed with this being Kiley Reid’s debut novel! I can’t wait to read more from her!!
I listened to this on Audible and read on Kindle and the narrator is absolutely amazing! This is a great one to listen to!