See, there’s this librarian. And a bird-watching boy. And a strange man with a harmonica and a roof-top pigeon keeper. There’s a glamorous aunt and her philanthropic boyfriend. There’s a desperate little family and a desperate little act. There’s also a survivor. Her name is Rachel. Rachel is growing up in the 1980s, haunted by her heritage (a black father and a Danish mother), as well as secrets she’s folded into her own history. The narrative weaves these lives and mysteries together effortlessly. Durrow tells this story in surround-sound, allowing the reader to step up and peek through the eyes of each character.
Shannon Rhoades, supervising senior editor at NPR’s “Morning Edition,” says:
“The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is the most recent recipient of the Bellwether Prize. Founded (and funded) by author Barbara Kingsolver, the award promotes ‘socially responsible literature.’ While that sounds slightly medicinal, this book is anything but. Rachel’s voice resonated in my reading mind in much the same way as did that of the young protagonist of The House on Mango Street. There’s an achingly honest quality to it; both wise and naive, it makes you want to step between the pages to lend comfort.”
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