We had a wonderful discussion on March 20 with Heidi Durrow, bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky. This is her debut novel and it won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction.
Heidi was a great guest host and we learned a lot about her journey with the novel – which was rejected dozens of times by publishers who thought there was no market for a story about an bi-racial girl. I think that’s astonishing. It seems to me that anyone who is paying attention would know that a beautiful novel that speaks to both the adolescent experience as well as the multi-racial experience would resonate with contemporary readers. But I’m just a reader …
We asked Heidi about whether Nella Larsen’s work influenced her. And we learned that she considers Nella Larsen to be her muse and that Heidi placed a marker on the author’s grave. Heidi wrote about that here: My Nella Larsen: Remembering Her.
Read our chat transcript to catch up.
And check out the festival she co-founded, the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. It’s scheduled for June 11 – 12, 2011 in Los Angeles.
I’m so looking forward to reading more of Heidi Durrow’s work. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is a beautiful story and exactly the kind of book I want to highlight through #blacklitchat – beautifully written, engaging, and bringing something new to our understanding of culture and literature.
If you haven’t read it, add it to your “to be read” list.