Between 1850 and 1910 over a million Norwegians emigrated to America. In 1955 it was the turn of Jakobine Skadberg and her family from the tiny island of Egerøy, near Stavanger. This action changed the course of many lives, not least that of new author Maggie Myklebust.

FLY AWAY HOME by Maggie Myklebust


‘Clean freak’ Maggie tries so hard to keep her life in order but is foiled at every turn. The descendent of second generation Norwegian immigrants to America, she grows up in New Jersey, spending her summer vacations on an idyllic island in Norway.

Later, in the wake of an abusive marriage, she and her three young children leave America and return to the Nordic Island of her ancestors, where she rekindles a relationship with her childhood sweetheart. Pulled between two worlds, her life continues as she seeks meaning, identity and happiness.

“A heartfelt book that covers the push-pull effect of growing up in two cultures and related with searing honesty.”

Apple Gidley, author of Expat Life, Slice by Slice

With her true love by her side and three more children to care for, Maggie discovers her traveling days are far from over. Life’s unexpected twists see her return to America before being catapulted to the Netherlands. At last she can begin to make sense of her experiences until, that is, she is on the move again. In the process she learns that life comes full circle, from the hopes and dreams of her forebears to the place where she can finally find peace and come to terms with her past.

Follow this Jersey girl as she flies back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean looking for love and a place to call home.


For interviews with the author and to arrange review copies, images and excerpts of the book, please contact the publisher, Jo Parfitt, at or author, Maggie Myklebust at


Publication date APRIL 20th 2012

Price £10.49/€11.99/$14.99

Summertime Publishing

ISBN 978-1-904881-73-5 (print); ISBN 978-1-904881-74-2 (kindle)

304 pp, paperback





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