My interest in the book was sparked when @reesesbookclub chose it as their book of the month and I have to admit that it is one of those engaging books that perplex you. The processing of ideas and the formation of viewpoints in the reader’s mind are rapid when it should actually be reflective. The rapidness comes from smooth writing and a moving plot. Kiley Reid’s writing is clever.
Emira Tucker is A twenty-five year old black babysitter with no real job and health insurance of her own. In the hope of earning some money and because of her fondness towards baby Briar, she is making do with the situation at her employers who are keen to accept her as family. The turn of events however compel her to leave. I am not going to dwell on the plot, instead would like to move the flashlight to the factualness in the prose. How some crucial themes have been inserted in the content with respect to racism, human behavior, and societal show business. With a very casual approach, Reid slips in racism and that is what infuses the interest further. How different and difficult can the repercussions of someone’s actions be! I misconstrued the character of Emira as daft. Her voice being tried to muffled down by her expressions as explained. It inevitably made me compare her to Ifemelu from Americanah. Her opinionated speech and voice were what I missed here and really wanted to be shone. The juxtaposition of these two images was with me until the end of the book. I missed the character depth that could have brought if she was given a more solid voice. But then what would have made her character stand out? Wouldn’t she be another Ifem? Upon reflective thinking, she comes across as a humble and mature person who was always and foremost concerned about the child whom she adored, Briar. Caught in flashbacks of high school drama, old love sparks and revenge is Emira, coming out nonchalant and unscathed.
I’d recommend it for how it is presented and authored. It was something new that I read in a while. The phrase “food for thought” applies adeptly here. The book is fast-paced, gives a lot of debating points and keeps up with the momentum of interest.
Thank you to the publisher Bloomsburyindia for the review copy.