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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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Also by Jacqueline Woodson:

Red at the Bone, September 2020
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
Another Brooklyn, June 2017
Paperback
Another Brooklyn, August 2016
Hardcover
Brown Girl Dreaming, November 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
Beneath A Meth Moon, February 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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The Other Side, January 2001
Hardcover

Red at the Bone
Jacqueline Woodson

Riverhead Books
September 2020
On Sale: September 1, 2020
224 pages
ISBN: 0525535284
EAN: 9780525535287
Kindle: B07PMZZX2Z
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
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Women's Fiction | Fiction

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 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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