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Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

Topics: Family, Chicago, Haunting, Debut, Mixed Race People, Race Relations, Heartbreaking, Portland, Oregon, 1980s, Grandmothers, Grief, Suicide, Poverty, Multicultural, and Secrets

Published: Workman eBooks on
ISBN: 9781616200374
List price: $14.95
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Beautiful book--elegant and understated, yet somehow deeply emotional at the same time. Durrow's story is unexpected, sad, and hopeful. Worth all of the accolades it has received. I love how the author took the events of a tragic story she read about in a news paper and intertwined them with her own past to create these characters. An impressive feat of writing and imagination.more
Growing up biracial. Pulled a lot from her own childhood, apparently, added a great conflict at the center - good example of exploring a personal issue within/around an intriguing plot. I loved the way she wove the stories of two different children together. My copy had an interview with her at the end, was quite interesting to learn she also grew up with a Scandinavian mother.more
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