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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky



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Author
Durrow, Heidi W.
Descriptors
African-Americans
Bildungsroman
Biracial Relationships
Black Experience
Childhood
Children
Coming-of-Age
Cultural Differences
First Novels
Grief
Identity
Racism
Location/Setting:
Chicago, Illinois
Portland, Oregon
Time Period:
1980s
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Summary
Young Rachel is the only survivor after a Danish woman and her biracial children fall from their Chicago apartment's rooftop. The whereabouts of Rachel's father, an African-American G.I., are unknown. Rachel, who has lived overseas for much of her life, now travels to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandmother, and there she finds herself in a new role as a "black" girl. She also must come to terms with the terrible events that led to the death of her mother and siblings.
Critique
A heart-breaking yet hard-to-put-down debut novel. Through the wise-beyond-her-years character Rachel, Durrow eloquently explores issues of identity and race. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript that addresses issues of social justice. Recommended reading.
ISBN
9781565126800
  iBistro
# of Pages
264
Published
2010
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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