Sunday, April 11, 2010

Novelist Heidi Durrow in Pittsburgh

Heidi Durrow is finally here! I'm so excited to host her visit with Pitt's English department. For locals: She'll be reading from her new novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, tomorrow night at 7:30 PM in Cathedral room 501 on campus.

This book, which won the Bellwether Prize for best novel addressing issues of social justice, is about a biracial girl who is separated from her parents (hello adoption story?) She moves in with her grandmother, who has very strict ideas about race, as do her new peers. The book sheds light on modern multicultural issues in a delightful fiction story. It might even remind you of Toni Morrison's Bluest Eye. But it's also about family and loss, which speaks to adoption and kinship care, and how race can complicate shifts in family and environment.

You might remember my review of her book in this previous post, or my review on Hot Metal Bridge. The New York Times did one, too. And USA Today. She's hot stuff these days--you've gotta check out this book!

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