Buzz on Durrow’s Debut

Although February is typically a quiet month for general fiction, some booksellers are talking about Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a debut novel about a biracial girl whose mother jumped to her death after apparently pushing her children off a rooftop. Libraries are showing holds of 1:1 on modest orders.

Durrow’s novel, which goes on sale next week, won the 2008 Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice. It’s also an Indie Next Pick for Feb, and was touted at the American Bookseller Association’s Midwinter Institute (as reported by Daniel Goldin of Boswell & Books in Milwaukee).

You will be hearing more about the book; on tap is a profile in USA Today, an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, a review in the NYT BR, the Washington Post and several other consumer magazines.

PW praises The Girl Who Fell From the Sky for its “taut prose, a controversial conclusion and the thoughtful reflection on racism and racial identity.”

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Heidi W. Durrow
Retail Price: $22.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-02-19)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126807 / 9781565126800

Audio from Highbridge:

  • CD: $29.95; ISBN 9781598879230

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    One Response to “Buzz on Durrow’s Debut”

    1. Margot Says:

      I read an ARC and absolutely loved this book! Durrow’s website is also excellent. I can’t wait for more from her. I would love for our library book group to read and discuss this beautifully written, thought-provoking book. I can see why it won the Bellwether Prize — greatly deserved.