The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

By Heidi W. Durrow

Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410427045, 313pp.

Publication Date: June 2010


In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's "Annie John" and Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," this is a moving portrait of a girl confronting society's ideas of race, class and beauty.

Inspired by a real event, this is the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. The sole survivor of a family tragedy, Rachel is raised by her strict African-American grandmother in a mostly black community where her light skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring her constant attention. As she grows up in the 1980s and learns to swallow her overwhelming grief, Rachel confronts her identity as a biracial woman in a black and white world.

About the Author
Heidi W. Durrow has won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and the Chapter One Fiction Contest. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and the Lois Roth Endowment and a Fellowship for Emerging Writers from the Jerome Foundation. Her writing has been published in "Alaska Quarterly Review", the "Literary Review", and others.