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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Heidi Durrow
Algonquin Books
Publish date: 2010-12-21
$13.95
9781616200152
Paperback

Review:

Told from multiple perspectives, this jewel of a novel examines what it is like to grow up biracial in America.  Rachel, the sole survivor of a violent family tragedy, is sent to live with her grandmother in a predominantly black community in Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Europe, the blue eyed daughter of a Danish citizen and an African American G.I., she had never seen herself as anything other than a loving daughter. This all is challenged as she faces growing up without her parents and being perceived as black for the first time.

Spanning over ten years of Rachel’s life, in this book the reader can feel her bewilderment and frustration as she deals with boys, school, memories of her family, and stereotypes forced upon her by the outside world.  As questions are slowly answered about her past, the reader begins to look up to Rachel for dealing with the problems of her past and the questions of her future with immense wisdom and patience.

The thoroughly deserving winner of the Belafonte Prize for fiction, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky will haunt readers for months after they finish absorbing it. Through agonizingly beautiful prose, Durrow’s novel is not only a modern coming-of-age tale but also becomes significant social commentary.

   
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