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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Book Club Kit - 2011 | Book club ed
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After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: Book club ed
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781565126800
1565126807
9781616200152
1616200154
Branch Call Number: F DURRO-H
FICTION DURROW
Characteristics: 10 books (264 pages ; 22 cm.) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm.)

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andreabilyeu
Jun 19, 2020

This story is interesting in that the author's biracial/bicultural roots are presented (fictionally). Two children, put in unfathomably difficult circumstances, who must face the consequences of their actions, throughout their entire childhood and growing up years. The author unfolds the story slowly, so you learn a bit more and then a bit more. I did not anticipate the end, though.

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ellenorndorf
Apr 26, 2019

Young girl raised by her grandmother. Lots of family issues.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 20, 2014

This one didn't work for me--surprising, since it won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, which is generally a good recommendation. I found the writing disjointed and flat, and the construction of the plot heavy-handed.

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blolo
Dec 30, 2013

an interesting perspective and a poignant story. It isn't just about being a biracial child, but it is also a coming of age novel, a story about family, a tragedy... and all with a bit of a heartwarming element.

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cvonbehren
Dec 16, 2012

I couldn't put it down! An interesting exploration of race and culture with a mystery.

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

It was interesting to read and think about the aftermath of a tragedy; so often books end with tragedy rather than begin with one. I would have liked to know more. The story is written from Rachel's perspective as a child and teenager, so it doesn't seem like there's a lot of understanding. The story ends just as Rachel seems to be making sense of what happened and who she is - just as she's getting some peace in her life. I guess I want more resolution, to know what happens to her as she becomes an adult with an adult's understanding.

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mackenziepshaw
Jul 26, 2012

This was a wonderful book! Loved the mystery and intrigue of the story-line. A very innocent, yet racially entangled young girl as the character. It unfolds beautifully and gives the reader something more to take away unlike any old novel.

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katbehrend
Jul 19, 2012

Durrow's novel explored the life of a young, mixed-race, bi-cultural girl who survived an event that took the life of her mom and two siblings. The only survivor, she moved in to her grandmother's house, navigating new cultures and customs, and finding her way in a new place. Reading this book was like walking in the dark and peering into houses whose lights were on, but whose curtains were drawn and only slightly parted. Details emerged slowly and effortfully, and I never felt like I was fully entering the house of the story.

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debs
Aug 24, 2011

An interesting twist on a familiar theme. Biracial at its best.

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JacquelineAugust
Jul 01, 2011

Heidi Durrow's book is amazing! Reading "The Girl Who Fell From The Sky" helped me better understand my own mixed race experience. Everyone should read this book, it is truly great! Not only should you check it out from the library, you should buy a copy of your own. READ READ READ!

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