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Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

7 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of ANOTHER BROOKLYN and BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments and longings that can bind or divide us from each other.

Brooklyn, 2001. It is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress - the very same dress that was sewn for a different wearer, Melody's mother, for a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents - from the 1921 Tulsa massacre to post 9/11 New York - RED AT THE BONE explores sexual desire, identity, class and the life-altering facts of parenthood, as it looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives - even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

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Praise for Red at the Bone

  • A family portrait that transcends the bounds of time. Woodson writes with fluidity, grace and finesse, pulling the plot tight in the final word. -

  • Emotionally transfixing. - Entertainment Weekly

  • Never less than stunning. - Nylon


  • Woodson brings the reader so close to her young characters that you can smell the bubble gum on their breath and feel their lips as they brush against your ear. - Tayari Jones, Women's Prize-winning author of AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

  • Woodson does for young black girls what short story master Alice Munro does for poor rural ones: she imbues their everyday lives with significance. - Elle

  • Woodson makes us want to reach into the mirror she holds up and make the words and the worlds she explores our own. - New York Times Book Review

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