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Summary: 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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Brown-skinned, blue-eyed daughter of a Danish woman; and a black G.I.; sole survivor of a family tragedy; moves to a mostly black community; lives with her African American grandmother; confront her own mixed race heritage; must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves.
Rachel's deceased mother's employer.
Witnessed the tragedy; helps piece together the puzzle of Rachel's family.