Skye Falling (Hardcover)

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If you are in the mood to laugh, which honestly we could all use a good laugh these days, this is a book that you should grab and start immediately. The protagonist of this story, Skye, has one of the funniest and most genuine voices that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. When she is ambushed at an art gallery by a child that came to be because of her decision to become an egg donor 12 years prior, the ensuing story is one that had me crying both from laughing too hard and from getting hit with some serious feels. Turns out, attempting to escape via the bathroom window of said art gallery is maybe not the best start to a relationship of any kind. With timely themes such as dealing with racial injustices and learning how to navigate unconventional familial bonds, this book is one that I will be recommending to everyone I know this summer. — From Miranda's picks


A woman who's used to going solo discovers that there's one relationship she can't run away from in this buoyant novel, a probing examination of the complexities of family, queerness, race, and community

"Razor-sharp and outrageously funny, Skye Falling is an absolute winner."--Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six and Malibu Rising

When she was twenty-six and broke, Skye didn't think twice before selling her eggs and happily pocketing the cash. Now approaching forty, Skye still moves through life entirely--and unrepentantly--on her own terms, living out of a suitcase and avoiding all manner of serious relationships. Maybe her junior high classmates weren't wrong when they voted her "Most Likely to Be Single" instead of "Most Ride-or-Die Homie," but at least she's always been free to do as she pleases.

Then a twelve-year-old girl tracks Skye down during one of her brief visits to her hometown of Philadelphia and informs Skye that she's "her egg." Skye's life is thrown into sharp relief and she decides that it might be time to actually try to have a meaningful relationship with another human being. Spoiler alert: It's not easy.

Things get even more complicated when Skye realizes that the woman she tried and failed to pick up the other day is the girl's aunt, and now it's awkward. All the while, her brother is trying to get in touch, her mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster caf's.

With its endearingly prickly narrator and a cast of characters willing to both challenge her and catch her when she falls, this novel is a clever, moving portrait of a woman and the relationships she thought she could live without.

About the Author

Mia McKenzie is the award-winning author of The Summer We Got Free and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous Media, an independent media and education project that centers queer Black women and girls. She lives with her parenting partner and two children in the Happy Valley of Western Massachusetts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984801609
ISBN-10: 1984801600
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English