The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale, based on a true story and told by an author who has struggled with the same issues as her protagonist. 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. Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel's last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven with her voice are those of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel's mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother's twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking Must race confine us and define us? Narrated by an ensemble, with Emily Bauer (Rachel), Kathleen McInerney (Nella), and Karen Murray (Jamie, LaRone, Brick, Roger).
Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781598879377
1598879375
Branch Call Number: Streaming Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) : digital

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Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. Growing up in the 1980s, she confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.


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susanchyn
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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