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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
January 11
Algonquin Books
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Customer Reviews

Jessa27 ,

Great read

A story to remember...Written like poetry.

Long legion ,

A beautiful novel

This book goes further than just an interesting story. As you're reading you need to feel who the characters are and "where they come from". It is a deeper meaning that is not apparent if you're just in the frame of mind for a good story. The characters and the whole feeling of the book is very real. I think it is meant to be savored and thought about as you read it. An excellent book that I only wish had been a little more in depth and a bit longer

Jproberson ,


I think this book was great and really showed what it is like growing up as a mixed race child along with growing up after such a tragedy

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