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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky doc ☆ ebook Ó Rachel the daughter of a Danish mother and a black GI 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 blMight 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 justic Rachel is the daughter of an African American GI and a Danish woman Following a family tragedy she moves to Portland Oregon and lives with her paternal grandmother a change which challenges her understanding of her identity and place in the world The concept and set up for this book are wonderful and the first half of the book tensely builds promise after promise interweaving multiple characters’ perspectives on one tragic event The book however fails to deliver on most of those promises what with getting lost amidst literary pretension Ms Durrow treads too shallowly in her attempt to not answer any uestions and leave open ample room for discussion and interpretation she fails to tell the story and creates an unnecessary distance between her readers and characters She passes up numerous opportunities to delve into who her characters are and instead settles for keeping them as shadow puppets Similar to Losing My Cool I was disappointed and frustrated by faulty execution of a brilliant concept uasi recommended

Heidi W. Durrow ¸ The Girl Who Fell From the Sky ebook

Rachel the daughter of a Danish mother and a black GI 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 It was just okay The writing felt forced The characters had the potential to be interesting but sometimes were too one dimensional or Durrow didn't emphasize the dynamics between them I also came to this with the understanding that biracialism would be an overriding theme and in fact the book jacket summary promises that Rachel will confront her mixed identity Maybe I should ignore book jacket summaries they tend to be misleading Although the book references biracialism several times the incidents seem to be on the periphery of the story rather than something with which Rachel is directly struggling There is also no concrete cohesive resolution

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The Girl Who Fell From the SkyFirst 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 It's been 3 days since I finished this book and I can't get it out of my head The tragedy involving the main character is devastating and just when I thought I was sure that I knew what really happened details came out to make me uestion the event and the motivations behind it Separate from the mystery of the event I love the way the author presented the characters and the way each of them perceived and dealt with the racial issues some profound and some of a every day nature present throughout the book I even learned a new definition for lizard At the end this book left me feeling sad and disturbed by what the young characters went through but also hopeful for their future Seuel pleaseOn a side note I had the pleasure of attending a writing workshop held by Ms Durrow just a couple of days after I completed the book I can't remember the last time I felt so inspired by someone This woman had a dream to write a book not just any book but a book that would make a difference in the world and make people thoughtfully consider issues of race class and social justice She pursued her dream in the most dedicated and methodical I think that must have come from the lawyer in her ways and was successful in making and continuing to make her dream reality What really got me though was her excitement about the process and her willingness to be absolutely forthcoming about her experiences both those from her past that she incorporated into the book and also about what she went through as a writer to reach her goal of publishing her first book She was so warm encouraging and inspiring that all of us in the room were convinced by the end of the evening that we could all be wonderfully successful authors Look out world