Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Another good novel to add to the list. This one is a coming-of-age story featuring a biracial leading character.

Set in the 1980s, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, tells the story of Rachel, the daughte of a Danish mother and an African American GI, who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. When Rachel moves in with her strict black grandmother, she wrestles with issues of race, class, beauty, and identity.

Written by Heidi W. Durrow, the novel has won the Bellwether Prize for fiction addressing issues of social justice.

Listen to an interview with the author on NPR, Re-imagining The Tragic Mulatto.

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