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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Heidi Durrow

A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale, based on a true story and told by an author who has struggled with the same issues as her protagonist. The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Northwest city, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, she attracts much attention in her new home. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that’s not how she sees herself. Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven with her voice are those of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?” Narrated by an ensemble, with Emily Bauer (Rachel), Kathleen McInerney (Nella), and Karen Murray (Jamie, LaRone, Brick, Roger).

A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale, based on a true story and told by an author who has struggled with the same issues as her protagonist. The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Northwest city, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, she attracts much attention in her new home. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that’s not how she sees herself. Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven with her voice are those of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?” Narrated by an ensemble, with Emily Bauer (Rachel), Kathleen McInerney (Nella), and Karen Murray (Jamie, LaRone, Brick, Roger).
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale, based on a true story and told by an author who has struggled with the same issues as her protagonist. The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Northwest city, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, she attracts much attention in her new home. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that’s not how she sees herself. Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven with her voice are those of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?” Narrated by an ensemble, with Emily Bauer (Rachel), Kathleen McInerney (Nella), and Karen Murray (Jamie, LaRone, Brick, Roger).

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen Murray, Emily Bauer, Kathleen McInerney

Length:

6h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:38


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

30:06


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

06:42


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:05


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:08


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:34


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

08:10


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

22:40


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:42


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

05:38


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

03:21


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

13:47


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

07:36


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

10:52


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

15:32


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

09:21


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

03:12


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

19:20


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

02:31


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

09:38


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

01:23


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

08:13


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

01:19


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

08:15


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

09:52


Part 1, Chapter 25
Part 1, Chapter 25

07:04


Part 1, Chapter 26
Part 1, Chapter 26

01:32


Part 1, Chapter 27
Part 1, Chapter 27

29:59


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

13:10


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

11:48


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

13:42


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

16:37


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

14:47


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

01:11


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

20:50


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

07:16


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

07:45


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

02:29


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

02:19


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

00:57


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

01:23


Part 2, Chapter 41
Part 2, Chapter 41

02:47


Part 2, Chapter 42
Part 2, Chapter 42

09:25


Part 2, Chapter 43
Part 2, Chapter 43

02:24


Part 2, Chapter 44
Part 2, Chapter 44

01:56


Part 2, Chapter 45
Part 2, Chapter 45

03:48


Part 2, Chapter 46
Part 2, Chapter 46

00:19