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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky 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 gu

  • Title: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
  • Author: Heidi W. Durrow
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky By Heidi W. Durrow, 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 swaThis 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.

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    1. It s easy to see why there s so much fuss over this novel Much as Nella Larsen did in her exemplary novel Passing and the novel Quicksand, Heidi Durrow explores both interracial and intraracial racism in a compelling and unique way Throughout the novel, there are several nods to Larsen the mother named Nella, the protagonist who is half black and half Danish, the exploration of racial tensions in America when compared with the colorblind European societies, the epigraph taken from Passing Howev [...]

    2. I began The Girl Who Fell From the Sky like most people, I think, wanting to know the story of a biracial girl with light skin and blue eyes who is the only survivor of a horrific family tragedy, the details of which are laid out with each page I was enad with Rachel s voice and her life after the accident, and intrigued with what came before Durrow s writing is superb, how it tied the details By the novel s end, however, I somehow felt some details were left undone Like what happens between Ra [...]

    3. 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 inc [...]

    4. 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 question 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 throu [...]

    5. Check out the full review at craftyscribbles Rachel, sole survivor of a family tragedy navigates boxes others deem fitting for her Will she choose, or will she set out to determine who she is on her own terms The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a debut book, by Heidi W Durrow, paints a picture of a young girl, born to an African American father and a Danish mother, and her journey to reclaim what she believes herself to be in a world obsessed with categories, while realizing how hard choosing not to [...]

    6. You must read this book You must.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 left the bookst [...]

    7. Rachel is the daughter of an African American G.I 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, [...]

    8. This is the story of Rachel, a biracial black and white girl who loses her immediate family due to jaw dropping decision made by her mother After the incident, Rachel leaves Chicago to live with her father s mother in Oregon Rachel struggles to understand why she s treated differently just because she doesn t look like most of the people around her She s also conflicted about which part of herself to identify with As Rachel s grandmother fills in the parenting role, she is not able to appropriat [...]

    9. Jackie says 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 brother an [...]

    10. As a person of mixed raced nearly exact of Durrow s main character Rachel , I really thought that I would love this novel and fall in love with the characters and Heidi Durrow The exact opposite happened.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 biograp [...]

    11. I got this home at 7 00 p.m on Wednesday and read 1 2 of it my first night I simply could not put it down until I just had to sleep I am loving it, though it is so tragic Can t wait to get back to it tonight.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

    12. Audiobook performed by Karen Murray, Emily Bauer, and Kathleen McInerneyFrom the book jacket 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 a Chicago rooftop Forced to move to a new city with her African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, startling blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way My r [...]

    13. The Girl Who Fell from the SkyHeidi DurrowI 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 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 a blond h [...]

    14. In the introductory pages, a quote from Nella Larson s novel Passing somewhat begins our journey Passing for me was a engaging, insightful, and memorable story, the quote presence prepared me for what I thought would be a compelling story I could immerse myself in I did not find it, in TGWFFTS It was hard for me to cheer for Rachel the main character Larsen delves into the psychological depths of herself and other women who are passing, Durrow seems content to give her characters a one dimension [...]

    15. I think I forgot a cardinal rule of finding a good book never pick up the one that is stuffed with pages of critical acclaim I just didn t get it Obviously Durrow can write somehow I keep finding books that are extremely readable but ultimately disappointing She has ability, and here she even had bits that would ve made for a good story But it just seemed that she kept falling short First gripe writing Southern dialogue has to be done carefully It tends to work better if the author knows the way [...]

    16. This is a beautifully crafted tale by Heidi Durrow It is about a girl who is haunted by events that shaped her destiny early on without her having much say in the matter Events that are only vaguely remembered and yet continue to form the fabric of each passing day A father who has vanished without a trace A mother who left this world in the splashiest of ways, taking her own life along with those of her other children by leaping from the roof of a building There is a witness and a survivor, and [...]

    17. There is much to admire in this tiny little book It is an ambitious novel tackling large issues of race, sexuality, and family with a certain subtle grace I loved the use of multiple voices, and felt for the most part that each of these voices was authentic and resonant Some of the language is simply lovelyd I was absolutely captivated by the chapters in which we hear Rachel as a child I think the chapters in which Rachel is an adolescent, however, were a little less credible in terms of voice T [...]

    18. 3.75 A thoughtful and beautiful book Rachel is the daughter of an African American GI father and a Danish mother Due to a horrible tragedy, she lives with her paternal grandmother Slowly, the story of Rachel s mother, father, and siblings is revealed There is an interesting parallel storyline about Jamie, a young man who witnessed the tragedy and comes to play an important role in Rachel s life This is a sad, but also uplifting and inspiring, look at the life of a biracial teen, a girl caught be [...]

    19. i quite enjoyed this book, but it wasn t outstanding i don t know if it was because i read the e book and i expected the story to be longer than it actually was you can never judge the way you do with a paper book 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.

    20. An unusual story of hurt and how different people handle who they are and how they came to be.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 a labe [...]

    21. This a nice, lean book I know it won a prize from Barbara Kingsolver for being socially conscious, but it didn t feel that way That is, it is about a girl trying to find who she is, and while part of that struggle is about how the rest of the world classifies her by race, it is than that I feel like the descriptions of the book emphasize the racial obligations too much The big tension in the book for me was if she was going to end up defined by her parents and their troubles The mother s strugg [...]

    22. One of my reading goals this year is to read books by authors of color I recently learned of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow The novel reads well and quickly, but don t let that fool you The subject matter is multi layered I have never read a novel where sadness and heartache was written so beautifully I make the novel sound heavy, but reading it doesn t feel that way.The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is about Rachel who at a young age moves in with her grandmother, whom she barely [...]

    23. I sped through the girl who fell from the sky in two days really less that 10 hours The characters were real and engaging The conflicts engrossing Though I am not a fan of multiple points of view this structure made sense as the stories came together The only weakness seemed to be the stereotypical approach to black people I expected diversity in those characters considering the story is set in Portland, Oregon Overall,a great read and thought provoking.

    24. Even though I m an historian who works on infanticide, I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up Sorry for the spoiler, for those of you who ignored the spoiler warning Apparently, it s based on a true storyI d be interested in details Is this Durrow s life story Durrow, like the novel s main character Rachel, is the daughter of a white Danish and an African American father, a member of the U.S airforce The book explores with sensitivity very interesting issues about being the [...]

    25. This is a beautifully written, heartbreaking coming of age novel about a biracial girl searching for her own identity in the aftermath of a horrendous tragedy A haunting first novel from author Heidi Durrow.

    26. This was a gem that I accidentally discovered as I figuratively stomped around the library because I couldn t find a single book on my 20 list of titles Maybe I need to stomp around the library I decided that I d walk through the shelves and try to find a book that caught my eye Catchy cover the title runs vertically and the book was endorsed by Barbara Kingsolver This was a terrific, thoughtful story and heartbreaking at times Rachel, about 11 or 12, lives with her grandma in Portland, and the [...]

    27. Feb 2010I found this book during a search for Barbara Kingsolver one of my favorite authors It won her Bellweather Prize for Fiction in 2008, I can t wait to read it My first newly published book in 2010.April 2010To 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 happen for Rachel This was such a great read and the chapters are short so it s also a very quick read.

    28. It amazes me that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is Heidi W Durrow s debut novel It is poetic, poignant, beautiful and elegiac with the panache of a seasoned writer Once I started it, I could not stop thinking about it It haunted my days until I finished it Durrow has a talent that is rare and brilliant, like the northern lights.The novel is about Rachel, the lone survivor of a fall from an apartment building How did she fall What made her family go off the roof top Told in different voices, the [...]

    29. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is a small book that packs a big punch While it was a fast read, it s a book that will stay with me for a long time Many of the quotes on the book praise it for its honest treatment of race and while it did prompt me to examine my own thoughts and beliefs about race, I found myself thinking that this book was less about race than about broken people who have experienced painful trauma in their lives.The titular Girl is Rachel, daughter of an African American servic [...]

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