Red at the Bone




      Red at the Bone
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. Best Read Red at the Bone Author Jacqueline Woodson For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

I used to say I d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.I wrote on everything and everywhere I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building It was not pretty for me when my mother found out I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into stories.I also told a lot of stories as a child Not Once upon a time stories but basically, outright lies I loved lying and getting away with it There was something about telling the lie story and seeing your friends eyes grow wide with wonder Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn t stop until fifth grade.That year, I wrote a story and my teacher said This is really good Before that I had written a poem about Martin Luther King that was, I guess, so good no one believed I wrote it After lots of brouhaha, it was believed finally that I had indeed penned the poem which went on to win me a Scrabble game and local acclaim So by the time the story rolled around and the words This is really good came out of the otherwise down turned lips of my fifth grade teacher, I was well on my way to understanding that a lie on the page was a whole different animal one that won you prizes and got surly teachers to smile A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange.Lots and lots of books later, I am still surprised when I walk into a bookstore and see my name on a book s binder Sometimes, when I m sitting at my desk for long hours and nothing s coming to me, I remember my fifth grade teacher, the way her eyes lit up when she said This is really good The way, I the skinny girl in the back of the classroom who was always getting into trouble for talking or missed homework assignments sat up a little straighter, folded my hands on the desks, smiled and began to believe in me.

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 by Jacqueline Woodson – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Red at the Bone
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • English
  • 25 September 2019
  • 0525535276

10 thoughts on “ Red at the Bone

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Finally my soul landed on a poignant, beautifully written, emotional, heart warming story When this year s fiction books suffer from lack of creativity and mostly published by commercial success, it is normal to fall everything under your expectations I loved Nickel Boys , Woman is no Man , Ask Again Yes so much, but lately I haven t found any gem as marvelous as them till I read this book and now I m happy to announce this is one of the best fictions of this year Probably it will compete Final...

  2. Chaima ✨ شيماء says:

    Red at the Bone landed heavily within me, like a stone sinking in deep water, and the thought of it still makes my heart racket strangely in my chest Now, I m snatching at things to say, grasping for anything to make you want to read this book, and sentence by sentence it all evades me I feel that with every word I put down, I m writing myself further from what I meant to say.Red at the Bone is, on its face, a novel that traces the story of an African American family and the events that Red at the Bone landed heavily within me, like a stone sinking in deep water, a...

  3. Angela M says:

    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 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 remem...

  4. Diane S ☔ says:

    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 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 ide...

  5. Jen says:

    This story is raw with emotion A child who is turning 16 and having a coming of age party evokes the memories of her from her mom, when she had her at 16, her dad just a kid himself, grandma who raised her as her own daughter, and grandpa who loved her to death.They all do but it s their stories around this child growing up and how she changed their lives forever.The themes of racism, education, teenage pregnancy The costs each of them endured during the course of their lives.All these This story is raw with emotion A child who is turning 16 and having a coming of age party evokes the memories of her from her mom, when she had her at 16, her dad just a kid himself, grandma who raised her as her own daughter, and grandpa who loved her to death.They all do but it s their stories around this child growing up and how she changed their lives forever.The themes of racism, education, teenage pregnancy The costs each of them endu...

  6. Karen says:

    I just loved this This story is about two urban black families and shifts around in time and is told by the points of view of each of the five characters An unplanned teenage pregnancy and how their lives go forward for a young couple, the daug...

  7. Debbie says:

    This pogo sticker is hoppin and she s not stoppin This book, oh this book A jazzy story with heart and smarts, it s got me hoppin to the tune of 5 stars Where has this phenomenal writer been all my life Oh what she can do with words This wasn t a book that took a while to draw me in I started reading, and POW, I was immediately in love The language It grabbed me fast and it held me tight It s poetic without being flowery It s jazzy, with an intense pulse and a cadence that makes my This pogo sticker is hoppin and she s not stoppin This ...

  8. Toni says:

    Lyrical, poignant, powerful, Red at the bone by Jacqueline Woodson will mesmerize you with its spellbinding tale how people from different origins and backgrounds come together, love, create a new life, stay or go their different ways and continue living.The book begins with a special kind of celebration it is Melody s sixteenth birthday and her coming of age party She is wearing a custom made vintage dress, a corset and silk stockings The dress was sewn and paid for by her maternal Lyrical, poignant, powerful, Red at the bone by Jacqueline Woodson will mesmerize you with its spellbinding tale how people from different origins and backgrounds come together, love, create a new life, stay or go their different ways and continue living.The book begins with a special kind of celebration it is Melody s sixteenth birthday and her coming of age party She is wearing a custom made vintage dress, a corset and silk stockings The dress was sewn and paid for by her maternal grandparents for her mother Iris who never got her chance to wear it, because by the time she would have, she was already pregnant with Melody As Melody is dancing in abandon with her friends, she is watched by her family Her mother...

  9. JanB says:

    This is a look at the effects of teenage pregnancy on two families, one well off, the other poor Told through shifting time and the perspectives of the parents, the grandparents, and the child, the writing itself is worthy of 5 stars I appreciated the themes as well as the push against stereotypes The author set out to do what she intended with this book but for me, the story itself was good, but not a memorable read I m in the minority as many readers love this one I received a copy of This is a look at the effects of teenage pregnancy on two families, one well off, the other poor Tol...

  10. Esil says:

    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 bitinformation about what happened to the characters and mostly a strong sense of their very distinct personalities The 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 ...

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