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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Author Reading
Kane Hall, Room 220, University of Washington

Durrow Book Cover

On February 21, 2012, the UW School of Social Work and its Social Justice Committee are pleased to host author Heidi Durrow for a special reading from and discussion of her New York Times best-selling book The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Selected as the School of Social Work common book for the 2011-2012 academic year, this debut novel tells 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, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring her mixed attention. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and to confront her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel's last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven are the voices 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?

The reading will be followed by a reception and book-signing (the book will be available for purchase at the event). Space is limited for this free event, and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please click the sign me up button below.

If you have questions, please contact Jee Kim at 206-543-7704 or jeeykim@uw.edu.

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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