This is a relatively short book and easy to read. But it's deceptive. It will make you think. The main character, Rachel, is the daughter of a Danish mother and an African American father. Rachel, her mother, brother and baby sister all fell from a Chicago rooftop. Rachel survived. She is a girl, then a young woman, caught "between." She is neither black nor white. And she is neither back safe on the rooftop, nor safe in death with the other members of her family. We watch her go from childhood to the brink of womanhood, trying to either stay aloft or to find a safe place to land. It is perfect that the young man who saw the fall from his apartment window, then found her across the country and became her friend, is a lover of birds.
This is a beautiful story about some difficult topics: race, class, family, and abandonment.