The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale, based on a true story and told by an author who has struggled with the same issues as her protagonist.
The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Northwest city, she must su...more
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Last night I went to Powell’s Bookstore to hear Heidi Durrow talk about her debut novel, “The Girl Who Fell From The Sky”. It was the first time in three years that I cried in front of strangers. And it was because I identified with the character Rachel. Not the story of her mixed roots, but of the grief that she keeps silent and how it affects her life. When Rachel says, “I am not the new girl. But I will pretend.”, it hit me hard. I know that feeling. As I lef ...more
It says a lot that this debut novel has already won The Bellwether Prize (an award for literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships). It says a lot that Durrow is being compared to Toni Morrison, Nella Larsen and the early Langston Hughes. What can't be said until you read it for yourself is how deeply the reader will grow to care for Rachel, the lone survivor of her mother's attempted murder/suicide (her broth ...more
It is the story of Rachel Morse, a young girl who grows up to be a young woman throughout the story. She is a child of a danish mother and african american father/military man. You learn from the beginning that there was an "accident" from which Rachel is the only survivor, and from there moves into her paternal grandmother's house where she experiences a bit of an identity crisis - where she must have ...more
This book was so many things, but first and for most, it was excellent. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is well written, charming, sad, lonely and real. It is about healing, family and identity. Al in all, I didn't expect such a terrific book. Thanks book club!!!
I'm sorry to say, but Durrow is an awful writer. Her one-stream lined consciousness is just not my taste, especially in fiction novels with one main character (though Durrow does switch from character to character narration with extremely awkward timing).
Looking at the back cover and author b ...more
I read Heidi Durrow’s book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, twice in one month. The first time took just a few sittings, breathlessly turning the pages, locked inside the story. The second time, I read more slowly, taking notes for my Book Group, and savoring the prose.
Rachel, the girl of the title, is inspired by a newspaper article and partly by the author’s own history. She’s a child of a mixed race, bicultural couple: an African-American father and ...more
i would still recommend the book - it was hard to put down and it's an easy read. it's rather depressing, so don't expect a feel good story.
I found this book during a search for Barbara Kingsolver (one of my favorite authors). It won her Bellweather Prize for Fiction in 2008....so, I can't wait to read it. My first newly published book in 2010.
To sum up this book--Wow. I really liked how the book switched narrators (those are my favorite types of books).
I was pretty happy with the end of the book but I kind of wanted to see more happen for Rachel. This was such a great read and the chapters are short so it's also ...more
This story is about Rachel, who is biracial, and who comes to live with her paternal African-American grandmother after a terrible tragedy that happened to her family. We get to know her, we get to see the world through her eyes. She gets attached to people, she loses people, she grows up a bit. Nothing special, seemingly. Yet there is this unanswered question inside her, one that she tries to answer to herself all the time, the one that she is afraid to answer, and probably hides from it.
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The story shifts POV and tense throughout but is not difficult to follow. The mystery is what really happened on the rooftop and secondary to that, Rachel's father and his lack of contact with her. I did not feel either conflict was adequately concluded. ...more
The titular Girl is Rachel, daughter of an African-American serv ...more
In the summer before she starts seventh grade, Rachel Morse is in an "accident" in which her mother, brother, and sister are killed. Only Rachel survives. The accident takes place in Chicago, where Rachel's mother went with her children and boyfriend when she left her husband. Rachel's mom - Nella - is Danish. Rachel's dad - Roger - is an African-American soldier. Nella is a recovering alcoholic; she met the boyfriend as an AA meeting.
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