The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Novel by Heidi W. DurrowThe Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Novel by Heidi W. Durrow

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Novel

byHeidi W. Durrow

Paperback | January 11, 2011

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Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It's there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society's ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

A graduate of Stanford University, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and Yale Law School, Heidi W. Durrow has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and the Lois Roth Endowment and a Fellowship for Emerging Writers from the Jerome Foundation. Her writing has b...
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Title:The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:January 11, 2011Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1616200154

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing. I found this book very confusing.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT Did not like way it ended _LITTLE CONFUSING AT FIRST SORTING CHARACTERS HOWEVER AS I READ IT SORTED OUT OKAY
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from C0mpelling joy and hurt all at once Fantastic read Descriptions of emotions so true I felt I was there. HOPE NEVER GIVE UP Sometimes all it takes is for one person to care. HEIDI shows us that.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Terrific book well written. Character develoment was well done and i felt lik i really new the characters and felt their feeligs. A definite read for my bookclubs!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Its meh Sorry to say but this book wasnt very good at all. The beginning was confusing and hard to follow, as per most readers reviews. Wasnt until midway-near the end that things were tied together. Took me a long time to read it as there was no lure to continue.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Rachel is the daughter of an American black G.I. and a Danish mother who goes to live with her paternal grandma in Portland after surviving a horrible family tragedy. She tries to fit into an African American community in which her light skin and eyes constantly draw attention to her. Her story is beautifully told through compelling vignettes and different characters’ points of view. My only criticism is that it felt like it ended rather abruptly.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl who fell... A bit of a gut wrenching read. Rachel's struggles with her identity makes this reader feel that the adults in her life are not doing their job. Her grandmother struggles in her own way but life seems only to be about her. Rachel's aunt got it but left too soon to make an impact. Drew is a rock but a male one that lacks the insight to see Rachel's pain. Males take advantage except Brick. He knows which gives the reader hope. I'm sorry she did not get to read her mother's diaries.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl who fell... A bit of a gut wrenching read. Rachel's struggles with her identity makes this reader feel that the adults in her life are not doing their job. Her grandmother struggles in her own way but life seems only to be about her. Rachel's aunt got it but left too soon to make an impact. Drew is a rock but a male one that lacks the insight to see Rachel's pain. Males take advantage except Brick. He knows which gives the reader hope. I'm sorry she did not get to read her mother's diaries.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl who fell from the sky Enjoyed the characters. Found the story a little difficult to follow till half way through the book
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The girl who fell from the sky This book kept me interested enough to read to the end but it was not a book that left me wishing it hadn't ended. There was no lingering feeling, other than the surprise when I realized it was suddenly over. I have two main criticisms. The first is that I never truly felt a strong connection with the main character Rachel, or any other character for that matter. The other is that the novel ended quite abruptly without a feeling of the issues being resolved. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend but it wasn't terrible.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl who fell from the sky A very engaging story of a girl who finds herself through a tragedy. By telling the story from multiple characters' points of view the author has given a fair and broad view into the experiences of multiracial children, and those who don't fit a mold... A good story and well written.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reader Great book! Intriguing, haunting and well written!
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reader This was a suspenseful read watching Rachel discover the truth and learn to overcome such a tragic loss. Rachel wasn't the only one who had to deal with the tragedy and the way Durrow brought virtual strangers together through this event had me not wanting to out the book down. I was disappointed in the conclusion. Without giving a spoiler, I wanted to read more and how the characters would relate to one another. It didn't feel complete.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl who fell from the sky Good read- I liked it but felt it could go a little deeper in some parts
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Good story. Quick read and i enjoyed the way the story was written through young Rachels eyes.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The girl who,fell from the sky A slow read that at times seemed disjointed. I did not like the way it jumped around, making it difficult to follow, with a tragic ending
Date published: 2013-02-14

Editorial Reviews

"The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is that rare thing: a post-postmodern novel  with heart that weaves a circle of stories about race and self-discovery into  a tense and sometimes terrifying whole."