Algonquin Book Club give away: Heidi Durrow

Hurray! I just won a free copy of Heidi Durrow’s new novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky from Algonquin Books.

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I tuned in for the interview with Heidi on NPR back in March. The story is about a girl who moves cross country to live with relatives after enduring a family tragedy. Compiled to the young protagonist’s family tragedy, she’s also biracial and experiences pressure to choose a race and culture. I’m fascinated with this story and the interesting social justice issues it illuminates. It immediately puts me in mind of some of the themes in Toni Morrison’s novels.

(One day I’ll write about the time I had afternoon tea with Ms. Morrison…no, really! It was for a high school essay contest about her novel Beloved. The reward for the students selected was that we got to have afternoon tea with Toni Morrison. How crazy is that?)

Algonquin Book Club will be hosting an event with Heidi and Terry McMillan at Book Passage on August 18. All are invited to tune in to the live web chat. I’ll be there!

Have you read this book yet? What did you think? If you haven’t read it, would you like to?

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