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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
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it was amazing
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Succinct and emotional.

Pulls at your heartstrings, people, you have been warned!

This book, this author... I had heard about Woodson's powerful writing, but had never witnessed it myself until now. Red at the Bone explores the life of an African-American family that was considered unconventional, what with an illegitimate child coming to life and bringing everything upside down. But that doesn't always have to be a bad thing. We meet sweet Melody, said child, as well as her parents, independent Iris and romantic Aubrey, a child born out of marriage himself, and her grandparents- which brings me to this: If you're not convinced about the emotional punch this book packs, wait until Chapter 4. I dare you. Oh, and snatch the audiobook while you're at it, because the full cast of voice actors knocks it out of the park.

The premise of a familiar drama of a marginalized group of individuals with a sociopolitcal undercurrent set in the recent past gave me the same feeling as Celeste Ng books and that for me is a tall order. I will definitely read more of the author's work in the future.

*Digital ARC via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

September 6, 2019 – Shelved
September 6, 2019 – Shelved as: arcs
October 20, 2019 – Started Reading
October 21, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites

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