book cover of Red at the Bone
Added by 7 of our members

Red at the Bone

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of OPRAH MAGAZINE’S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED 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 Magazine

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Sublime... will strike you in the heart." - Candice Carty-Williams

"A banger." - Ta-Nehisi Coates

"This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." - Tayari Jones

"A true spell of a book." - Ocean Vuong


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone

Hardback Editions

January 2020 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 1-4746-1643-7 / 978-1-4746-1643-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2019 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0-525-53527-6 / 978-0-525-53527-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

January 2021 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 1-4746-1645-3 / 978-1-4746-1645-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Red at the Bone
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0-525-53528-4 / 978-0-525-53528-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2019 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0-593-15225-5 / 978-0-593-15225-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2019 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 1-4746-1644-5 / 978-1-4746-1644-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2019 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Unknown Title
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0-593-08641-4 / 978-0-593-08641-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2019 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0-593-14704-9 / 978-0-593-14704-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon   


September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2019 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU