Farai Chideya’s new novel, Kiss The Sky shows another side of blackness.
Many Generation Xers remember Farai Chideya from her days on CNN. She is also known for her show, News & Notes, a daily national program about African-American and African diaspora issues on NPR. Farai has written three non-fiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans.
She vetures into fiction with Kiss The Sky.
Kiss The Sky revolves around tracks the life of Sophie Clare “Sky”, a thirty-something black female Harvard grad and ex-rock star 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. Add to that her struggles with religion, her family, and her meddling girlfriends and you have a book which blends substantial themes of love, faith, and longing with contemporary pop culture.
Sky’s constant search for happiness in all the wrong places brings her to discover the power within.