Today’s excerpt is a NetGalley ARC that was released on June 22, 2021: Skye Falling, by Mia McKenzie.
I’m lying very still on top of a hotel bed’s rumpled sheets. My mouth is slack. My eyes are open. My stare is cold and lifeless. If anyone looked down on me from overhead right now, they’d think I’m dead. And it probably wouldn’t be a huge shock.
I haven’t thought about this in years. Or, to be honest, I’ve only thought about the part where my mother acted a whole ass lunatic. I haven’t thought about her saucy peace offering. (52%).
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get in touch, her mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster cafés.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.
What do you think? I am enjoying this book, and the review is overdue! The book was supposed to be released on 7/27/21, but apparently was released early, which I only just discovered! So my review will be up soon.