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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
 
 
Author
Heidi W. Durrow.
Publisher Algonquin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9781565126800
Pages/Publication Date 264/2010
Daedalus Item Code 34935
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(Bellwether Prize Winner) Mining her own experiences as the bi-racial daughter of an African American airman and a blue-eyed Danish mother, Heidi Durrow's superb debut novel earned the 2008 Bellwether Prize. Eleven-year-old Rachel Morse, raised in an atmosphere of racial ambivalence, is the last survivor of her Chicago family, who died under mysterious circumstances. Sent to live with her grandmother in a black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, she suddenly enters a world where racial identity is paramount.

"[Heidi] Durrow fashions a classic fish-out-of-water tale in her brilliant debut, which some compare to Toni Morison's The Bluest Eye in its exploration of race and identity. It comes as no surprise that The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was awarded the 2008 Bellwether Prize, the award founded by author Barbara Kingsolver to support literature of social responsibility. This is certainly not an easy read, with each chapter told from a different character's viewpoint with a 'Rashomon quality that builds tension around the ... mystery' (Washington Post), and readers may have to schedule some time for emotional recovery. However, Durrow's novel is ultimately a powerful and ultimately uplifting work of fiction."Bookmarks Magazine

 
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