The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
By Heidi W. Durrow
I “met” Durrow last week on the Mixed Chicks, but that’s not the reason I went out and bought her book. A writer friend of mine reviewed the work for a national magazine and told me she read the book quickly and that it tells an extraordinary story about race. That coupled with the little I already knew about the author compelled me to drive to the nearest big box bookstore and get a copy. I have to say I am glad I made the effort. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is a remarkable book. The novel is a portrait of a biracial girl who is navigating the tepid waters of race and class, and it won the 2008 Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
I had hoped I could finish it before writing this post. Instead I will update it in a day or two. The book is set in the 1980s, and I love picking up on all of the popular culture sprinkled throughout the prose. The main character is a military brat, which resonates with me because my father is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Check it out.
ETA: I don’t want to give anything away, but I have not ever read anything like it.