Extraordinary New Novel About The Influence Of History On A Contemporary African American Family, From The New York Times Bestselling And National Book Award Winning Author Of Another Brooklyn And Brown Girl DreamingTwo 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 Novel Uncovers The Role That History [ Pdf Red at the Bone À amish PDF ] by Jacqueline Woodson ✓ And Community Have Played In The Experiences, Decisions, And Relationships Of These Families, And In The Life Of This Child As The Book Opens In , It Is The Evening Of Sixteen Year Old Melody S Birthday Celebration In Her Grandparent S Brooklyn Brownstone Watched Lovingly By Her Relatives And Friends, Escorted By Her Father 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 Sixteenth Birthday Party And A Celebration Which 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 There s nothing as dangerous as a poet writing a novel A breathtaking, distilled story of a family.
To say that Jacqueline Woodson is gifted story teller who writes beautifully almost feels like faint praise The story begins with Melody, celebrating her sixteenth birthday, walking down the stairs in her grandparents brownstone, reaching a milestone in this present moment moving toward her future In alternating narratives, moving back and forth in time, Woodson reflects on the pasts of Melody s mother Iris, her father Aubrey, her grandmother Sabe and grandfather Sammy Po Boy and the things that happened to get us to Melody s birthday celebration A past reflecting how sixteen years ago, Iris, pregnant with Melody didn t walk down those steps but could walk away from her little girl, a heartbreaking past of Aubrey s childhood as he remembers it he remembers



I loved it Loved everything about this book The gorgeous prose The way in just a relatively few pages, Woodsen managed to flesh out her characters, making them autentic people The themes explored Themes of mother, daughter relationships, teenage pregnant, ambition, fatherhood and sexual identity The many different emotions she manages to provoke, emotions that changed as the story progressed How young people make decisions about their lives, things that will affect them in the future, not realizing what that entails So many issues are covered, yet done so well that it never felt crowded Life and death, lives lived Some give up for love, some are not able to give enough I loved it because it felt authentic, real Something about memory It takes you back to where you were, and j What a beautiful little jewel of a book Red at the Bone is told from the perspectives of five members of a somewhat unconventional family At the centre of the story is Iris, who was 16 when she had her daughter Melodie The three other family members are Iris parents and Melodie s father There is no linearity to the story Slowly, through different layers, we get a bit information about what happened to the characters and mostly a strong sense of their very distinct personalities The end is terribly sad and beautiful at the same time I m feeling a bit tongue tied by this one read it It s short I definitely have to read books by this author This was another buddy read with Diane and Angela It than made up for the mediocr

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