The girl who fell from the sky
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.
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|Grouping Title||girl who fell from the sky|
|Grouping Author||durrow heidi w|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-10-21 04:48:40AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-10-21 04:52:15AM|
|author||Durrow, Heidi W., 1969-|
|author_display||Durrow, Heidi W|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Fiction, Shirlington Adult Fiction|
This debut 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 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 the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
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|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover|
|record_details||ils:.b13421864|Book|Books||English|Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,|2010.|264 pages ; 22., overdrive:21fb98a2-7a66-4106-b9d8-7aa517328a27|eBook|eBook||English|Algonquin Books|2010||
|subject_facet||Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction, Intergenerational relations -- Fiction, Racially mixed children -- Fiction|
|title_display||The girl who fell from the sky|
|title_full||The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, The girl who fell from the sky / a novel by Heidi W. Durrow|
|title_short||The girl who fell from the sky|