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Kiley Reid's second novel, Come and Get It, was inspired by a phrase her students used: 'Oh, my gosh, I hate telling about this.' Reid used this phrase as the entry point for the story, which follows an impressionable resident adviser and a visiting professor who eavesdrops on a group of candid young women for source material.
If I said, 'OK, say more on that,' they would get kind of embarrassed and go, 'Oh, my gosh, I hate telling about this,'
To capture the language and dialogue of her characters, Reid interviewed 20-something women, asking them about money, class, and spending habits. She wanted to explore the slippery language we use to talk about money and how women experiment with new ways of speaking and presenting themselves as they come of age.
What do you think is classy? What do you splurge on? What does money mean to you at this stage of life? I asked them if they would talk to me about money.