Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 21/01/2021
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Synopsis

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming. It's 2001, 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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474616454
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 184g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 20 mm

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Red at the Bone
Wonderful
Another absorbing story from Jacqueline Woodson, read in one sitting as couldn't put it down. The story starts with Melody's 21st birthday party and then m... READ MORE
Claire Estelle