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.
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