The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Author:Heidi W. Durrow This novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. — With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the ... more »1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl--and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty. It is a winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.« less
This remarkable novel is based on a true event, which makes it all the more poignant. Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and black father, is the lone survivor of an horrendous family tragedy. She leaves Chicago to live with her paternal grandmother in Portland, Oregon where the issues of her biracial identity continue to plague her. Algonquin Books publishes unique and noteworthy fiction, and this book is no exception.