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Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age - Angie Kim, Kiley Reid - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2020 - 8:30pm</span>

Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age

10/15/2020 - 8:30pm

Crowdcast

Angie Kim and Kiley Reid will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss their debut novels Miracle Creek and Such a Fun Age. Miracle Creek won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and Such a Fun Age has been longlisted for the Booker Prize. Angie and Kiley will appear in conversation with UW-Madison Fiction MFA, Dantiel Moniz, whose debut Milk Blood Heat is forthcoming in February 2021.

 

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About Miracle Creek: How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies? In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident. A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe? Miracle Creek uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It’s “a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community” (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. 

 

About Such a Fun Age: A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

 

Angie Kim

About Presenter Angie Kim

 

Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller and Edgar finalist Miracle Creek, named a "Best Book of the Year" by TIMEThe Washington PostKirkus, and The Today Show. Kim is one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers to Watch,” and has written for VogueThe New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A former trial lawyer, she now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.

RECENT BOOK:

Miracle Creek

Kiley Reid

About Presenter Kiley Reid

 

An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Playboy, Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where her short story was the first-place winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest. Her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. Kiley lives in Philadelphia.

RECENT BOOK:

Such a Fun Age

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