‘The Girl Who Fell from the Sky ‘ by Heidi Durrow
April 10, 2011
This is the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.
With her strict African-American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring mixed attention her way.
Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop.
Interwoven are the voices of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother.
Inspired by a true story, “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?”