The 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.

About The Author

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

ISBN - 13:9781616200152

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"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."