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Red at the Bone - Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone - Jacqueline Woodson

Title: Red at the Bone

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Jacqueline Woodson

ISBN:  9781474616430

Weight:  709 g



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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

From the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

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

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 family – from the 1921 Tulsa race 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 fateful decisions about their lives before they have even begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Peer & Press Reviews

Woodson’s beautifully imagined novel explores the ways an unplanned pregnancy changes two families…  Woodson’s nuanced voice evokes the complexities of race, class, religion, and sexuality in fluid prose and a series of telling details.  This is a wise, powerful, and compassionate novel.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Jacqueline Woodson begins her powerful new novel audaciously, with the word “But.”  Well, there are no buts about this writer’s talent…  There isn’t a character in this book you don’t come to care about, even when you question their choices…
Readers mourning the death of Toni Morrison will find comfort in Sabe’s magnificent cadences as she rues her daughter’s teen pregnancy, which flies in the face of the lessons her mama ingrained in her from the Tulsa race riots of 1921…  With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen even further into the ranks of great literature.

Heller McAlpin, NPR

Red at the Bone showed me something I didn’t realize I needed in a book: home.  Because throughout their trials, tribulations and triumphs, the people in this book were my people.  This family, my family.  Their ups, their downs, their pains, their pleasures, I have known them like I know my own skin.  Their history is my history.  Red at the Bone is a narrative steeped in truth – and, yes, it’s painful.  But it’s also one of healing and hope.

Washington Post

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Red at the Bone
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in directly after a W&N branded flyleaf.  (Printed on this page is the title, the author’s name, the phrase ‘Signed by the author’ the name of the imprint, and the month / year of publication.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781474616430
ISBN 10 1474616437
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 196
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 143 x 21mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Tiffany A. Bloomfield
Jacket design Jaya Miceli

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