Red at the Bone



Red at the Bone 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, from the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl DreamingMoving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson s taut and powerful new 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.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.Unfurling the history of Melody s parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they ve paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly 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. Read Red at the Bone – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Red at the Bone
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • English
  • 25 August 2018
  • 0525535276

10 thoughts on “Red at the Bone

  1. Angela M says:

    To say that Jacqueline Woodson is gifted story teller who writes beautifully almost feels like faint praise The story begins with Melody, celebrating her sixteenth birthday, walking down the stairs in her grandparents brownstone, reaching a milestone in this present moment moving toward her future In alternating narratives, moving back and forth in time, Woodson reflects on the pasts of Melody s mother Iris, her father Aubrey, her grandmother Sabe and grandfather Sammy Po Boy and the things th To say that Jacqueline Woodson is gifted story teller who writes beautifully almost feels like faint praise The story begins with Melody, celebrating her sixteenth birthday, walking down the stairs in her grandparents brownstone, reaching a milestone in this present moment moving toward her future In alternating narratives, moving back and forth in time, Woodson reflects on the pasts of Melody s mother Iris, her father Aubrey, her grandmother Sabe and grandfather Sammy Po Boy and the things that happened to get us to Melody s birthday celebration A past reflecting how sixteen years ago, Iris, pregnant with Melody didn t walk down those steps but could walk away from her little girl, a heartbreaking past of Aubrey s childhood as he remembers it he remembers hunger, or the first time he realizes he s poor A horrific past of racism , an attack on Sabe s mother s hair dressing shop, which will forever shape her attitude on money and keepin...

  2. Diane S ☔ says:

    I loved it Loved everything about this book The gorgeous prose The way in just a relatively few pages, Woodsen managed to flesh out her characters, making them autentic people The themes explored Themes of mother, daughter relationships, teenage pregnant, ambition, fatherhood and sexual identity The many different emotions she manages to provoke, emotions that changed as the story progressed How young people make decisions about their lives, things that will affect them in the future, not I loved it Loved everything about this book The gorgeous prose The way in just a relatively few pages, Woodsen managed to flesh out her characters, making them autentic people The themes explored Themes of mother, daughter relationships, teenage pregnant, ambition, fatherhood and sex...

  3. Esil says:

    What a beautiful little jewel of a book Red at the Bone is told from the perspectives of five members of a somewhat unconventional family At the centre of the story is Iris, who was 16 when she had her daughter Melodie The three other family members are Iris parents and Melodie s father There is no linearity to the story Slowly, through different layers, we get a bitinformation about what happened to the characters and mostly a strong sense of thei...

  4. Debbie says:

    This pogo sticker is hoppin and she s not stoppin This book, oh this book A jazzy story with heart and smarts, it s got me hoppin to the tune of 5 stars Where has this phenomenal writer been all my life Oh what she can do with words This wasn t a book that took a while to draw me in I started reading, and POW, I was immediately in love The language It grabbed me fast and it held me tight It s poetic without being flowery It s jazzy, with an intense pulse and a cadence that makes my This pogo sticker is hoppin and she s not stoppin This book, oh this book A jazzy story with heart and smarts, it s got me hoppin to the tune of 5 stars Where has this phenomenal writer been all my life Oh what she can do with words This wasn t a book that took a while to draw me in I started reading, and POW, I was immediately in love The language It grabbed me fast and it held me tight It s poetic without being flowery It s jazzy, with an intense pulse and a cadence that makes my head dance And it s dreamy with its plaintive tone there is a pervasive sadness and its speedy yet graceful change in time periods and voice The crooked storyline, going here and there and back again, with different people telling their truths, makes it feel like I m not standing still, but instead, like I m flowing in and out of decades and feelings Woodson is a master her transitions are seamless A...

  5. Toni says:

    Lyrical, poignant, powerful, Red at the bone by Jacqueline Woodson will mesmerize you with its spellbinding tale how people from different origins and backgrounds come together, love, create a new life, stay or go their different ways and continue living.The book begins with a special kind of celebration it is Melody s sixteenth birthday and her coming of age party She is wearing a custom made vintage dress, a corset and silk stockings The dress was sewn and paid for by her maternal grandpare Lyrical, poignant, powerful, Red at the bone by Jacqueline Woodson will mesmerize you with its spellbinding tale how people from different origins and backgrounds come together, love, create a new life, stay or go their different ways and continue living.The book begins with a special kind of celebration it is Melody s sixteenth birthday and her coming of age party She is wearing a custom made vintage dress, a corset and silk stockings The dress was sewn and paid for by her maternal grandparents for her mother Iris who never got her chance to wear it, because by the time she would have, she was already pregnant with Melody As Melody is dancing in abandon with her friends, she is watched by her family Her mother is wondering how things got so wrong between them She is remembering how her own mother reacted to the news of the pregnancy, crying and cursing her daughter s foolishness that destroyed the bright future her parents had been hoping for.Aubrey, Melody s father, was just a ...

  6. BookOfCinz says:

    I have no words to describe how great a writer Jacqueline Woodson is Her writing genuinely takes my breathe away and I always in awe at how she uses words so sparingly but is able to convey so much witchcraft Red At The Bone opens with sixteen year old Melody s coming of age ceremony Surrounded by friends and family, we get an immersive look into Melody s life and the events leading up to this ceremony The ceremony is a considered a part of Melody s family history, but for some reason, Me I have no words to describe how great a writer Jacqueline Woodson is Her writing genuinely takes my breathe away and I always in awe at how she uses words so sparingly but is able to convey so much witchcraft Red At The Bone opens with sixteen year old Melody s coming of age ceremony Surrounded by friends and family, we get an immersive look into Melody s life and the events leading up to this ceremony The ceremony is a considered a part of Melody s family history, but for some reason, Melody s mother Iris, didn t take part in tradition The ceremony is somewhat the grounding point of the book We hear from Melody s Grandmother Sabe, about how her ceremony went, and all the major events that led to her being in 2001 watching her only granddaughter take part in a tradition she hold close to her heart We hear from her Grandfather Po Boy and his courtship with Sabe and what it felt like when Iris showed up 16 earlier to let him know about the pregnancy The book goes ...

  7. Cortney says:

    Guess that s where the tears came from, knowing that there s so much in this great big world that you don t have a single ounce of control over Let s take a trip down memory laneMelody is a lost girl Carrying a burden she never asked for Aubrey is a lost man Trying to make every thing right but failing again and again Iris is a lost woman Trying to get back the time she feels she lost Woodson gives us glimpses of the choices made by each of these characters in the past and how it impa Guess that s where the tears came from, knowing that there s so much in this great big world that you don t have a single ounce of control over Let s take a trip down memory laneMelody is a lost girl Carrying a burden she never asked for Aubrey is a lost man Trying to make every thing right but failing again and again Iris is a lost woman Trying to get ...

  8. The Artisan Geek says:

    2 6 19A sincere thank you to my fam at Riverhead books for sending this one over I just can t understand how someone can write so flawlessly Completely dazed Woodson has a unique talent of being able to shape such interesting and rich characters With ease she shift between past and present of the people s liv...

  9. Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) says:

    It s 2001 and sixteen year old Melody is celebrating her birthday surrounded by family and friends Told from alternating points of view, readers learn the past that brought two very different families together for this momentous occasion Red at the Bone is a poignant story that I devoured in one sitting The voice of each character is powerful and authentic The tragedies that play major parts in their lives were heartbreaking This is an unflinching look at family and how we become one, s It s 2001 and sixteen year old Melody is celebrating her birthday surrounded by family and friends Told from alternating points of view, readers learn the past that brought two very different families together for this momentous occasion Red at the Bone is a poignant story that I devoured in one sitting The voice of each character is powerful and authentic The tragedies that play major parts in their lives were heartbreaking Th...

  10. Catie says:

    Jacqueline Woodson is a NATIONAL TREASURE This is one of the very few books that has made me break down into no holds barred ugly crying at the end Nuanced, devastating, and yet empowering and hopeful, this is a perfect read.

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