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Red at the bone  Cover Image Book Book

Red at the bone

Woodson, Jacqueline (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780525535270
  • ISBN: 0525535276
  • ISBN: 9780525535294
  • ISBN: 0525535292
  • ISBN: 9780593086414
  • ISBN: 9780525535287
  • ISBN: 0525535284
  • Physical Description: print
    196 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary new nove uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families and in the life of this child. As the book open 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 soundtrack 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'e 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. --
Subject: Mothers and daughters Fiction
African American women Fiction
African American families Fiction
Families Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Fiction
African Americans
Mother and child
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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  • 66 of 68 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Ridgefield Library.


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