Title: Girl Who Fell from the Sky, The
Authors: Durrow, Heidi W
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 264
Year: 2010
Language: English
Description: The daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., Rachel Morse was eventually going to have to confront her biracial parentage. But as the sole survivor of a family tragedy, she has her work cut out for her. Not only must she embrace a new life with her African American grandmother, but establish her identity in a world that requires her to be black or white.

Told from multiple perspectives, this is a story of broken dreams, race and class, and the universal quest for identity. Winner of the Bellwether Prize.

Comments from Groups:

Wow - a book that everyone enjoyed. Moving, a tale of growing up in a similar time to our group but coping with issues of racial identity. Quite beautifully written, easy to read. Auckland 285

Generally everyone enjoyed this book. Beautifully structured. Some discussion as to whether it was about racial discrimination and / or identity. Wellington 104

Thought provoking issues in a well written book. Discussion around race, class, aspirations and personal identity. Mangaweka 001

A beautiful, sad and poetic book. Enjoyed by most although some found it too sad to enjoy. An interesting and fiery discussion on difficult topics of infanticide, racial identity etc Christchurch 152

Categories: Fiction, Award Winner, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, Denmark, America


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By: CHCH 400 2021-04-23 14:53:21
Our group loved this book. We all found it an effortless and compelling read, well constructed and a 'page turner' despite its difficult subject matter. Heidi Darrow writes beautifully and succinctly - she really knows how to make language work. The book has powerful themes related to coming of age and finding one's place in the world, especially challenging when race and colour are already defining factors. The only negative comment from our group was from members who felt the ending was abrupt and left them wanting to read more. Overall though, a very satisfying read.

By: LOWER 006 2019-09-01 16:55:39
Generally our group found this book dissatisfying. It wasn't predictable and the themes and ideas were interesting and varied; abandonment, interracial marriage, identity, death...but we felt they could have been developed and explored in more depth. One comment was that it read like a first draft.

By: AUCK 255 2018-06-25 22:39:11
Generated good discussion about racial identity/perception. Some found it difficult to believe the mother's actions.

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