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Red at the Bone

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  23 reviews
An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary African-American family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in ti
Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Riverhead Books
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The Artisan Geek
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A 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 lives, threading together one complete family history. A history that has been marked by unexpected joy, pain and discovery. This is my first read from Woodson and I am absolutely hooked. W
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Because if a body's to be remembered, someone has to tell its story." This is one of the many quotes I highlighted in RED AT THE BONE, this beautiful, gut-punch of a novel by Jacqueline Woodson. A piece of the highest literary craftsmanship, each chapter alternates character, and each character's voice is so real I felt like they were talking directly to me, or that each character was telling me their story instead of one author writing it. I felt intimately connected with everyone in this fami ...more
Jillian Doherty
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This incredibly powerful gift should come with a disclaimer: potent and brilliantly shattering!

Wow - I had to decompress after finishing; I couldn't put it down from the moment I started and needed to rest before even considering moving away from the story and experience.
I've never read such concentrated passages, and completely in awe of her heart-bending, and totally effective prose.

This September, please take a big, deep breath and dive in without even fully knowing how deep this will take
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“If a body is to be remembered, someone has to tell its story”
Tell a story of bodies is exactly what Jaqueline Woodson has done in red at the bone. Once again she has proven a master storyteller and a writer with the utmost ability to bring her characters to life and make you feel everything that they are going through, the love, the sadness, the hate, the life, and the death. She beautifully weaves this tapestry of a novel about one family and their lives past, present and future. I was left s
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I finished this book. And it made me cry in public. And I want to read it again. So I can feel this feeling again. I did not read the synopsis of this book before reading. I just cracked it open. It opens with 16-year old Melody making her entrance in a dress that had been custom made for her mom Iris' 16th birthday but she never got to wear. Why? Because of an unexpected pregnancy with Melody. As Melody's grandparents and parents watch her walk down the steps we get the back story of everyon ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lovely use of language, but it was just too short for me to feel a lot of connection with anyone, especially since the story skips around between about...six? narrators.
Diane Payne
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read all of Woodson's YA novels and have used them in many of my Adolescent Literature courses. This novel wasn't geared for for YA, but perhaps should have been since our main character tends to be in high school/college, the novel offers historical lessons on things like the Tulsa Massacre, and becoming pregnant at 15.

For me, I wish the chapters in the novel hadn't been narrated by so many different people at varying times because readers missed out on seeing the characters interact with
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first — major thank you to #Riverheadbooks for this ARC of Jacqueline Woodson’s Red At the Bone. I won this ARC by participating in their #OwnVoices #OwnVoicesReviews giveaway! It’s amazing to know that our community has the support of a major publishing company!

Now about the book. Jacqueline Woodson has created a MASTERPIECE! For such a short book (under 200 pages), each character was thoroughly developed. We see each character evolve, from bits of their childhoods to well beyond
Sally Stieglitz
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Katie Chase
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book over 24 hours in a fever. Everything else I did was something that kept me from reading it. It reads like a dream in more ways than one: jumping back and forth in time and yet making perfect sense, giving pleasure by blocking out the rest of the world and drawing you into the collective life of one smallish family.

THAT SAID, there were a few things I wished were different once the dream of actually reading wore off. I wish that more threads were tied up, instead of being left bl
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woodson's words always have an intrinsic heat to them, but this book is scorching as we see the loves, lusts, dreams, and disappointments of one family through three generations. While strong Sabe, willful Iris, and thoughtful Melody strain at the expectations they've placed on each other and themselves, we also see the desperation for contentment from their male counterparts, Po' Boy and Aubrey. You'll want to soak in Red at the Bone slowly, like savoring the last of a summer breeze. Then let t ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Iris and Aubrey each have a story which builds together and separately. In ways she cannot imagine, Iris grows to appreciate who she is and what she has, but as the cliche goes—perhaps too late. The story follows her family and Aubrey’s through their lives while tracing the heritage which brought them each to their present circumstance. Drawing both from history and location, the story as well as its characters is poignant.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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My goodness. Jacqueline Woodson is a treasure. She has such talent for character and saying so much with few words. So much emotion is packed into her sentences and paragraphs. She’s a marvel; a crazy wonderful, talented writer. This novel of a family, told from all their unique perspectives, is so poignant and gorgeous. It’s like poetry. Just stunning!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not read this book so much as I stepped into its prose and lived there for almost 200 pages. Jacqueline Woodson has a beautiful way of sing-song-ing a story, bringing the reader back and forth as though she was sitting on a swing with you. Red at the Bone is a gorgeously written book of relationships that should be on everyone's TBR list.
Delany Holcomb
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A powerful force of family storytelling, Jacqueline Woodson's "Red at the Bone" moves through the story of a family in 2001. Shaped by actions of their past and tragedies in their present, this novel is a reflection of what family means and how and why we connect with the people that we do. A strong story with a full heart, "Red at the Bone" is a book you do not want to miss.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much beauty packed into this tiny little book. I read it in one sitting.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a work to re-read because the moments and references hidden key into the strength and bulk of the larger story in a slim volume.
Dwan Dawson-Tape
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Achingly beautiful, spare storytelling with enough room in its prose to break your heart, Red at the Bone is a story of loss and love.
Isabel Jones
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James Beggarly
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The coming out party for a sixteen year old brings memories of the past from her parents and grandparents and we get quick glimpses of these lives at important moments.
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Sparse, poetic writing that we've come to appreciate from Woodson. The narrative of a teenage pregnancy may seem overdone, but Woodson is able to breathe life into her characters with beautiful nuance.
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I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.

I wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when my mother found out.) I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. I chalked stories a