Author, multimedia journalist, host of NPR News and Notes (R.I.P.) and all-around rock star person Farai Chideya dropped her first novel this week.

Kiss the Sky cover

Kiss The Sky tracks the life of Sophie “Sky” Lee, a thirtysomething black rock musician making a comeback in New York City in 2000. There are a few hitches to her plans: Sky’s guitarist is her mercurial, drug-abusing ex-husband; her manager is also her boyfriend; and Sky herself is frightened of the cost she’ll pay to reach the pinnacle of fame.

It’s also the Essence Book Club pick for May.

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