Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

Book - 2019
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"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. Moving forward and backward in time, [the] novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child"--Publisher marketing.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9780525535270
0525535276
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 21 cm

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Join Jeffery Manor Branch for a discussion of Red at the Bone  by Jacqueline Woodson. 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. Moving forward and backward in time, the novel uncovers the role that history and co... (more)


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Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction, nominee

Fiction Honor

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, Another Brooklyn) returns with a new tribute to African American family. Sixteen-year-old Melody--born when her parents were 15, raised by her father and grandparents, resentful of her mother--is the entry point to a timeless sto... Read More »

October adult pick

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, Another Brooklyn) returns with a new tribute to African American family. Sixteen-year-old Melody--born when her parents were 15, raised by her father and grandparents, resentful of her mother--is the entry point to a timeless sto... Read More »


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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

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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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green_monkey_2650
Feb 06, 2020

Found this book difficult to follow. Such an excellent premise, but I didn’t find it well written. Truthfully, it was confusing with the going back and forth in time,

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