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The Resource Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

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Red at the Bone
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Red at the Bone
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Jacqueline Woodson
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eng
Summary
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROne of OPRAH MAGAZINE'S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARLONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE"An exquisite tale of family legacy....The power and poetry of Woodson's writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – People "In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss....With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature." – NPR "This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." –Tayari Jones, bestselling author of An American Marriage, in O MagazineAn 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 Dreaming. Moving 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
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As Melody celebrates a coming of age ceremony at her grandparents' house in 2001 Brooklyn, her family remembers 1985, when Melody's own mother prepared for a similar party that never took place in this novel about different social classes
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  • Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2019.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2019
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Woodson, Jacqueline
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • African American Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
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Red at the Bone
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Publication
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9780525535294
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optical disk
Label
Red at the Bone
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9780525535294
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optical disk

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