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
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?” Download and start listening now!