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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Debuts February 2010

Inspired by a real event, 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, she moves to a mostly black community, where her light-brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of mixed attention her way. As she grows up and learns to swallow her overwhelming grief, she confronts her own identity as a mixed-race young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky tells the tale of how Rachel comes to terms with a past that is unfathomable and with a uniqueness that raises more questions than answers.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is the winner of the 2008 Bellwether Prize for a fiction manuscript that best addresses issues of social justice.

Look for it in bookstores in February 2010. You can pre-order the book now.


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