Like many readers, I have my mainstay list of favorite authors where I’ll read just about anything new that hits the book stores. But last year, I delved deeper into the indie world of book publishing and read new books by debut and “new to me” authors. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, by debut author Heidi W. Durrow, was one of those books. (Indiebound.org is a good place to find others.)
Inspired by actual events, this award-winning novel was different from anything I had read in the past several years and inspired me to continue reading more indie books. I didn’t regret a single one, and many of them will be featured in the coming weeks.
The idea of a girl, and her younger siblings, falling from the sky caught my attention immediately. This fast paced story, of loss, struggle, friendship and the teenage bi-racial psyche had me hooked from the beginning. It’s the kind of book I read every spare moment I had, even if it was only to read a paragraph or two waiting for the kids to come out of school. It’s the perfect summer read if you’re looking for something that will work for your own reading or a book club discussion, even if the meeting is around the pool and the attendees are covered in sunscreen. Not sure if this story fits your reading list? Click here for an excerpt to read from the book.
Here is Ms. Durrow at a poetry reading in Los Angeles, reading an excerpt from The Girl Who Fell From The Sky: