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Mary-Rain, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by Mary-Rain)
Excellent coming of age novel that speaks to the challenges of bi-culturalism in a community that views identity as less complex. A very touching story that keeps the reader engaged throughout.
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Lisa Switalla, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Lisa Switalla)
Amazing novel. My husband and I both loved it.
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Nate Gulley, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Nate Gulley)
Not just the best book I read this year, but the best book I've ever read.
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Allison Moyer, November 30, 2011 (view all comments by Allison Moyer)
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is a tragically beautiful book. The author alternates points of view and uses flashback to tell the story of a young girl of mixed race who is struggling with questions of identity after a family tragedy. Some of the story is disturbing and the lives of the characters are filled with tragedy and abuse, but it ends on a note of hope. I learned something about life and racial identity. I had a new experience through this book. It wasn’t always a pleasant experience, but it was an enlightening one.
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T3aDiva, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by T3aDiva)
This book is a great introduction into biracial and multi-ethnic children and how they fit into society. The main character, Rachel, is a product of a Danish mother and an African-American father. She has spent most of her life in Europe and never really dealt with being "different." However, after her parents separate and her mother relocates to the US and then commits suicide along with infanticide (killing Rachel's siblings), Rachel must learn to deal with life in an African-American community as an outsider. Ms. Durrow paints a beautiful picture of these struggles, both external and internal, and allows us to follow Rachel during her transition from naive, innocent child to maturing, young woman. We see the mistakes made by her and others around her and we see her grow into acceptance of who and what she is. An outstanding book by this debut author.
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Durrow, Heidi W.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Soffer, Jessica
General Fiction
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Product details 272 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781616200152 Reviews:
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Heartbreaking in its honesty, this perfect jewel of a novel mirrors the real life of the author, who grew up biracial in Portland, Oregon, in the 1980s. After an accident claims her family, Rachel is sent to live with her grandmother in a predominantly black neighborhood. Rachel's confusion and frustration is palpable as she navigates through a new culture and new social norms. With flat-out gorgeous prose and pointed social commentary, this novel is an exquisite illustration of the beauty and ugliness of the human condition.

"Review" by , "Out of the clear blue, here is a breathless telling of a tale we've never heard before. Haunting and lovely, pitch-perfect, this book could not be more timely."
"Review" by , "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky can actually fly....Its energy comes from its vividly realized characters, from how they perceive one another. Durrow has a terrific ear for dialogue, an ability to summon a wealth of hopes and fears in a single line."
"Review" by , "[An] affecting, exquisite debut novel....Durrow's powerful novel is poised to find a place among classic stories of the American experience."
"Review" by , "An auspicious debut...[Durrow] has crafted a modern story about identity and survival."
"Review" by , "Rachel's voice resonated in my reading mind in much the same way as did that of the young protagonist of The House on Mango Street. There's an achingly honest quality to it; both wise and naive, it makes you want to step between the pages to lend comfort."
"Synopsis" by , From a debut author already praised by Colum McCann as a "profound and necessary new voice" comes a novel about two women adrift in New York—an Iraqi Jewish widow and the latchkey daughter of a chef—who find each other and a new kind of family through their shared love of cooking.

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“Sassy, brash, acrobatic and colorful . . . I want to read it again and again.” —Time

“Impressive . . . Soffers style is natural and assured.” —Meg Wolitzer, All Things Considered, NPR

Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks to earn the love of her distracted mother, a chef, who is now packing her off to boarding school. Desperate to prove herself, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mothers ideal meal. She signs up for cooking lessons from Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant profoundly shaken by her husbands death. Soon these two women develop a deeper bond while their concoctions—cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, and masgouf—bake in Victorias kitchen. But their individual endeavors force a reckoning with the past, the future, and the truth—whatever it might be.

In Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots we see how food sustains not just our bodies, but our hopes as well. Bukra fil mish mish, the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom.

“A profound and necessary new voice. Soffers prose is as controlled as it is fresh, as incisive as it is musical. Soffer has arrived early, with an orchestra of talent at her disposal.” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

“Moving [and] extraordinary.” —Atlantic

“A work of beauty in words . . . Soffer is a master artist painting the hidden hues of the human soul.” —New York Journal of Books

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