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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Sarah Fay's review
Jun 12, 2011
The author captures the voices of diverse characters, all of whom are players in a tragic family drama where one daughter miraculously survives a six story fall from the roof of a building (when her mother casts herself and all of her children off of it). The adversity to be overcome by this girl includes racial stereotyping (her father is black), the loss of her Danish mother and the girl's Danish heritage that vanished along with the mother, the subsequent loss of her loving aunt, abusive treatment from her young male peers, and alcoholism that pervades her family, including her grandmother, who is her primary care taker. This all sounds incredibly depressing, however the girl's attitude is matter of fact and she has a strength of character that keeps her reaching for a better life. Her values are centered on acquiring knowledge, performing in school, and gaining the approval and admiration of the adults in her life, including her deceased aunt's boyfriend, who becomes a mentor and example of a truly good man. His character is reflected in a vagabond boy whose story is woven into the book - another character that strives for goodness even when there is adversity all around.
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