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Red at the Bone: The New York Times bestseller from the National Book Award-winning author

Red at the Bone: The New York Times bestseller from the National Book Award-winning author by Jacqueline Woodson

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

By Jacqueline Woodson

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An unexpected teenage pregnancy brings together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments and longings that can bind or divide us.

From the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming. Brooklyn, 2001. It is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony in her grandparents’ brownstone.

Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress – the very same dress that was sewn for a different wearer, Melody’s mother, for a celebration that ultimately never took place. Unfurling the history of Melody’s family – from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre to post 9/11 New York – Red at the Bone explores sexual desire, identity, class, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, as it looks at the ways in which young people must so often make fateful decisions about their lives before they have even begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.


25 Oct 2021


A warm, tenderly told, easy to read story about a teenage pregnancy that turns out well for everyone (not a spoiler - the novel opens at the baby's 16th birthday where she's surrounded by loving family). If you like your stories to be interesting and contain "issues" but still have a happy ending then this could be the book for you.

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