The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided northwest city, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, she attracts much attention in her new home. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that's not how she sees herself.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Co., 2010
ISBN: 9781598879377
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book


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Oct 27, 2015

This book has a lot going for it.

Through carefully selected characters, many clearly drawn from the author's own multi-racial experiences, we see protagonist Rachel grow. We see her biracial worldview change; we see her question her identity. We see her explore how sexuality and race converge.

In addition to presenting us with the many shades of black and white and in-between, Durrow unfolds a wisp of a mystery.

For the most part, the author's images of birds and bird themes are powerful. The exception: the bird imagery at the end of the book which, like the ending itself, falls flat. No pun intended.

The voices on the audio, representing multiple generations of black and white and in-between, representing Portland, Chicago and Texas, ring true. Grandma's is good. Latisha's voice is also nicely done. Rachel's voice, however, is cloying and sounds way too much like Shirley Temple.

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