Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

Large Print - 2019 | First large print edition
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Two familes from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-a celebration that ultimately never took place.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780593152256
0593152255
Characteristics: 246 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
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Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time... [this] new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these fami... Read More »


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hteshomee
Sep 27, 2020

If I didn’t read 2 other books in between this, this book probably would have gotten 5 stars.

I am /in loooove/ with the characters. They are all heart. I read the last 40% of the book in one sitting and damn near cried.
Somehow, I relate to all the characters. I have nothing in common with them outside of gender, living in America, and being a daughter—yet, I feel each of their hearts heavily in this short book.

Definitely buying this book and will reread countless times throughout my life.

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wmtlady
Sep 08, 2020

Jacqueline Woodson never disappoints. This book (her latest?) book was exceptionally skillful at communicating the life experiences of not only individuals but the heritage of whole communities of "people of color" or different ethnic background in contrast to the larger, empowered community. It was at times enlightening, overwhelming, and amazing. Woodson was open and frank in her depiction of various characters and their motivations in life; I could not relate to some of them because of my different experiences and culture but I was enabled to understand them better, rather than stand apart from them in criticism.

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lenoragoessling
Jun 21, 2020

Edmonds library display during June 2020

JCLHebahA May 13, 2020

I'm an unapologetic genre fiction reader, so literary books with meandering character studies in place of plot are not quite my jam. That said, I enjoyed the characters and the linking of the trauma of the Tulsa race riots with that of 9/11, and I think this would make a compelling book group read, especially clocking in at just under 200 pages for busy months when reading time is at a premium.

IndyPL_LindsayH Apr 08, 2020

This beautiful text is about a mother who doesn`t want to be one, a child who yearns for a mother, and parents who hope for a different life. Alternating between five voices Red at the Bone tells a tale of a family in the past and present reflecting on where they came from and how they evolve.

Hopefully when you pick this book up you have time to devour it one day because it will consume you. The words, images, and stories Jacqueline Woodson created will leave you coming back for more.

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msdelrios
Mar 24, 2020

March 2020

JCLChrisK Mar 23, 2020

A book about life. About lives. About love and loss and success and regret and family. Captured beautifully in a slim series of meditations by one family about who they are, apart and together. It is life.

LPL_ShirleyB Mar 20, 2020

Compelling historical fiction in vivid storytelling and beautifully shared memories from three generations of an African American family. This is my first time reading Jacqueline Woodson, but now I'm compelled to revel in all her writing as soon as possible!
Thanks to Ian for this recommendation!

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BioCook
Mar 19, 2020

I read this book in a day and couldn’t put it down. Fantastic work well worth the read! I loved getting to know every character at different time points. The format reminded me of “Normal People” by Sally Rooney - however, “Red at the Bone” was 100% more digestible and enjoyable. I have to admit there were times when I started getting confused on who was who during dialogue, but I eventually pieced it together.

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Llaureys66
Feb 20, 2020

An amazing, beautifully written book about a multigenerational family. I loved it.

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