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Publisher's Summary

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • A woman who’s used to going solo discovers that there’s one relationship she can’t run away from in this “hilarious, electric” (The New York Times) novel, a probing examination of the complexities of family, queerness, race, and community

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Boston Globe, Autostraddle, Shondaland • “A new kind of love story, the best kind.”—Ashley C. Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter

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get in touch, her mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster cafés.

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.

©2021 Mia McKenzie (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Maybe it’s because we’re coming out of a year of isolation, or maybe it’s because I’ve spent far too much time extremely plugged into social media, or maybe it’s simply because I’m a Gemini, but sometimes, I wake up and crave chaos. I (truly, emphatically, unconditionally) don’t want to be a part of the drama — but I do want to read about something so outrageous, so unexpected, so out of pocket, that I feel as if I am buzzing and I can’t help texting my friends to gossip about it. How lucky I am, then, to have read Mia McKenzie’s hilarious, electric novel, Skye Falling.” (The New York Times)

“This endearing and hilarious book is an ode to chosen family, soft Philly pretzels, and the people who make us feel at home.” (BuzzFeed)

“I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh, cry, and reflect as thoroughly as Skye Falling. Mia McKenzie has written the kind of story I’ve been searching for, and maybe even gave up on as a possibility, and now, suddenly, it’s here. This is a narrative about family, responsibility, and home. It's a new kind of love story, the best kind, and you’ll be turning the pages just as quickly as I did.” (Ashley C. Ford, author of Somebody’s Daughter)

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BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

I enjoyed this book so much! It made me laugh, cry, think. It had everything, new found family, community activism, gentrification, rap... I highly recommend.

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Laugh out loud funny!!

I laughed until I had tears in my eyes at several points of this book! I listened to it back to back so I could laugh for a couple more days! :) I love the perfectly imperfect Skye. She reminds me of myself in a lot of ways, even as a straight black women. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community or just an ally *smile* you will find these characters and this story relatable and enjoyable. This is a beautiful black love story on every level.....And can I say all really great writers should be so fortunate to have Bahni Turpin bring the characters of their stories to life!! Yes Please!! :)

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Hilarious and deep

This book made me laugh out loud and fall back in love with Philadelphia. So good.

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Turpin is amazing in the audio!

I am a huge fan of narrator Bahni Turpin. Whatever she narrates, I love. Plus, “Skye Falling” sounded like a story that would make me humiliate myself in public by guffawing while walking alone.

Skye is an independent single woman, who owns her own travel agency. When she was 26, and not successful, her bff from summer camp asked if she could have some of her eggs. Needing the cash, she agreed to give her friend her eggs. Fast forward to age 40, a 12-year-old spunky girl enters Skye’s life claiming to be her “egg”. Well Skye forgot all about those eggs. She’s not sure she wants anything to do with her egg-donated child.

Adding to the fun, Skye finds out that the woman raising her “egg” is someone Skye recently tried to pick-up. Her “egg”, Vickie, is relentless in trying to forge a relationship with Skye. Skye is very single and not familiar with adulting around a teen.

The story is cleverly written. I think I would have enjoyed the book; yet Bahni Turpin adds so much to the story, as she narrates Skye perfectly. Skye is a bit “raw” or I’d say “gritty”. The F-bomb is thrown frequently, yet when it comes out of Ms. Turpin’s mouth, it’s not offensive to me. In fact, most of the time I howled in laughter.

This deserves a full 5 stars for hilarity and cleverness. Having you “egg” hunt you down is a clever concept. Skye herself is a cheeky character who I grew to adore….5 stars!! Bahni Turpin definitely gets 5 stars. The audio is fantastic!!

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Hope they make a movie

This is not the type of story I normally listen to - but I really enjoyed this book. For me, it was not that I 'could not put it down' - because I could. It does not grab you in the way where you get obsessed with finishing it - but it is a sweet story about redemption and truth and beauty in the familiar as well as unfamiliar.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends (and you!)

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One of the best books I have ever read!

I am not going to write about the characters or the content of this book, but I will write about the feeling it gave me. I felt like I was young again and discoving the joy of reading and learning something apart from myself. I recommend this book, and if you can, listen to the audible because the narration is absolutely genius. I will definitely put this on my read again list.

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Outstanding

As a cis women, I enjoyed every moment of this story. The character development was outstanding. These were/are “real” & relatable people. This book is a gift to modern/21st century AfAm literature.

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sweet

I really loved Skye, But Vickie was the bomb.
my favorite was the yelling scene
great story, premise and thank you for the epilogue.

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All the feels

Please listen to or read this book. I am so grateful to have found this gem. I only listened to this book because I needed something in between some other books and when I saw Bahni Turpin was the narrator, I was sold. I’ve read over 12 books so far this year and this is not only my favorite, I cannot imagine any of my list of books for the rest of the year being better. I did not want it to end. At the same time, I needed it to end so I could continue exploring Skye and the rest of the characters.

The vulnerability, hilarity, and grace Mrs. Mia McKenzie shows for Skye and for Philadelphia is beautiful. Each character is allowed to be themselves giving the reader a clear bird’s eye view of what is happening. The beginning makes it seem as if Skye thinks everyone and everything are ridiculous and then she eventually arrives to life. I refuse to give anything away. Just know this ride goes sideways and is a wonderful journey.

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Wonderful

Tells the tale of women in relationship to family, society children and each other, with all the joy and anguish of surviving a difficult childhood, a traumatic society and the challenge of vulnerability. Wonderful ! Lively pleasant narration. Made me also buy the book in paper along with some of her other writings!

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Provacative and relatable

Really enjoyed listening to this. I related to the main character inlots of ways. The book is excellently written, I found myself thinking about the story and the characters lives when I wasn't even listening to the book.
I found it refreshing to listen to.
I'm so grateful I was able to find this author, please release more of her onto this platform

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Superb, eye opening, real and refreshingly funny

I cannot stress strongly enough what a very good novel this is. The Philadephia of Black and Hispanic Americans, with the daily realities of racism, police violence and poverty, is the hook upon which this wonderful tale of (self) discovery is hung. Mia McKenzie tells the story with a mix of rage, a wonderful humour and love that together are transformative. Bahni Turpin's gentle narration provides a counterpoint to the hard edged narrative bringing out a layer of sensitivity in an audiobook of the highest quality.

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