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 guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and... show more
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. 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. It is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
Publish date: February 16th 2010
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
A sad and heart-wrenching story. I enjoyed this book; so much so that I didn't want it to end. It was well written but too short for the heaviness of the story. I had so many questions by the end of the book. With more character/story development I would have loved this book even more. Read more
A sad and beautiful story of a young girl who survives. An examination of race and the adjustments that Rachel, a Danish/African-American girl must face when she moves in with her paternal grandmother. The sad truth that we are judged more often by the way we look than who we truly are is one of t...
Being of a mixed heritage myself, I was really looking forward to reading this book. But I really couldn't get into the book, couldn't get into the story and I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. It just wasn't for me.
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