Heidi Durrow is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. A mystery wrapped up in a coming-of-age story, Durrow’s novel tells the story of an 11-year old girl who, much like herself, is the daughter of a white Danish woman and a black GI. Like much of Durrow’s other writing, which includes contributions to the New York Times, NPR, and the Huffington Post, the novel deals with themes related to the mixed race experience. In addition to her writing, Durrow is the founder of the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, as well as a co-host of the award-winning Mixed Chicks Chat podcast. We had the chance to chat with Heidi about why self-identifying as half white is important to her, how we’re all connected to the mixed experience, and what it means to be an Afro-Viking in our latest Countdown to 2042.
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