Donna lead the selection of our Feb choice, I look forward to returning to this favorite author.
‘[A] breathless telling of a tale we’ve never heard before. Haunting and lovely, pitch-perfect, this book could not be more timely.”-Barbara Kingsolver
Chosen by Barbara Kingsolver as the winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prizefor best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice, The Girl Who Fell From the Skyhas garnered rave reviews since its February 2010 publication. The Washington Postcalls it “an auspicious debut” and named it one of the Best Novels of 2010. The Miami Heraldsays: “Durrow’s powerful novel is poised to take a place among classics of the American experience.” The Oregonianhails it as a Top 10 Book of 2010. The Girl Who Fell From the Skyis already a book club favorite, a New York Times Bestseller, a USA Today Bestseller, a LA Times Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, a Pennie’s Pickat Costco, and is now in its 15th printing in paperback.
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.
Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven are the voices of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Skyreveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?”Two Other Almost reads:
- Salvation & Sand Mountain: Snake-handling and redemption in Souther Appalachia -Dennis Covington
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women -Kate Moore