Red at the Bone: The New York Times bestseller from the


Red at the Bone: The New York Times bestseller from the National Book Award-winning author (English Edition) ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF Indie Next pick of OctoberOne of the New York TimesNew Books to Watch for in SeptemberOne of Elle sBest Books of One of BBC s Ten Books to Read in September One of the Washington Post s topbooks for SeptemberOne of the Chicago Tribune sBooks You Need To Read NowOne of Oprah Magazine s Best LGBTQ Books That ll Change the Literary Landscape in One LitHub s Most Anticipated Books of One of Publishers Weekly s TopLiterary Fiction titles of FallOne of Entertainment Weekly sNew Books To Read In SeptemberOne ofTime sMost Anticipated Books of Fall One of Book Riot sUpcoming LGBTQ Books to Preorder during Pride MonthOne of The Millions Most Anticipated Books of the second half of One of BookPage s Most anticipated fiction books of Fall One of PopSugar s best of fall listOne of Entertainment Weekly s Fall Books PreviewOne of the People s Best Books of FallOne of BuzzFeed sBooks You ve Got To Read This AutumnOne of Bustle sNew Books Out In September Completely sublime and immersive, Red at the Bone will strike you in the heart Woodson writes the beautiful complication that can be intergenerational relationships with love, and a richness that is breathtaking Candice Carty Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE Dazzling Profoundly moving Red at the Bone is Jacqueline Woodson s second novel for adults, with urgent, vital insights into questions of class, gender, race, history, queerness and sex in AmericaThis is a central question of Red at the Bone what is to be done when two people, tied together by a baby they ve made, want disparate lives When the velocity and direction of two people s longings so wildly diverge If the situation were reversed, the genders flipped if Iris were the parent fulfilled by a domestic life, a low paying but stable job, and Aubrey ached for , elsewhere this would be an old story, as familiar and established as the patriarchy itself The devoted mother, the father itching to run But to depict a mother eager to leave her baby is a far less told story, and it s astonishing, it s a feat, to see how lovingly, even joyfully, Woodson sees Iris s desires through No one in Iris s family, or Aubrey s is trying to hurt anyone Sturdy, lasting love, consideration and everyday kindness these are as integral to a good life as they are challenging to portray in fiction New York Times Book Review An epic in miniatureAs moody, spare, and intense as a Picasso line drawing The beauty of this work is in its velvety shifts from the past to the present Woodson, an acclaimed author of young adult literature, shows that to understand the soul of a woman, we must understand the heart of the girl she once was This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and its legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters There is pain on these pages, but hope glimmers between the lines If trauma is a cursed heirloom handed down through the decades, maybe love is the cure passed upward from the young to the old, a bright promise that gleams like a hidden bar of gold Tayari Jones, Women s Prize winning author of AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, writing in O The Oprah Magazine With its abiding interest in the miracle of everyday love, Red at the Bone is a proclamation RO Kwon, author of The Incendiaries Red at the Bone showed me something I didn t realize I needed in a book home Because throughout their trials, tribulations and triumphs, the people in this book were my people This family, my family Their ups, their downs, their pains, their pleasures, I have known them like I know my own skin Their history is my history Red at the Bone is a narrative steeped in truth and, yes, it s painful But it s also one of healing and hope Washington Post Jacqueline Woodson begins her powerful new novel audaciously, with the word But Well, there are no buts about this writer s talent With this new novel for adults, Woodson continues her sensitive exploration of what it means to be a black girl in America What we have here is an exquisitely wrought tale of two urban black families whose lives become permanently intertwined when their only children conceive a child in their teens Red at the Bone should win Woodson plenty of new fans It reads like poetry and drama, a cry from the heart that often cuts close to the bone In less thansparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother daughter relationships, parenthood and loss yet never feels like a checklist of Important Issues There isn t a character in this book you don t come to care about, even when you question their choices Woodson s language is beautiful throughout Red at the Bone, but it positively soars in the sections written from Iris mother s point of view Readers mourning the death of Toni Morrison will find comfort in Sabe s magnificent cadences as she rues her daughter s teen pregnancy, which flies in the face of the lessons her mama ingrained in her from the Tulsa race riots ofthe massacre by whites that drove her family north and taught them to vigilantly safeguard their social and economic gains With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen even further into the ranks of great literature NPR Jacqueline Woodson s Red at the Bone delivers an emotional wallop Sublime Red at the Bone deepens and surprises In slim chapters, Woodson Another Brooklyn, Brown Girl Dreaming flashes back in time to pivotal moments in these women s lives realities of race, gender, and class shape who they become This short novel contains immense empathy for each member of its wide ensemble Thus, as Woodson covers nearly a century, from theTulsa race massacre to, her grasp of history s weight on individuals and definitive feel for borough life, past and present proves to be as emotionally transfixing as ever A Entertainment Weekly A remarkable, intergenerational harmony of voices At its center is hope for both individual and hereditary survival But Woodson most poignantly portrays the brutality and liberty of a woman putting herself first USA Today This gorgeous, moving novel is a celebration of three generations of a Black family in Brooklyn, and is a story of love romantic and familial and alienation, grief and triumph, disaster and survival Woodson s language is never less than stunning and powerfully conveys the complications and love present within this family to great, compassionate effect NylonTHE TOPNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Sublime will strike you in the heart Candice Carty Williams, author of Queenie A banger Ta Nehisi Coates, author of The Water Dancer An epic in miniature Tayari Jones, Women s Prize winning author of An American Marriage As moody, spare and intense as a Picasso line drawing O, The Oprah MagazineAn 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,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 placeUnfurling the history of Melody s family from theTulsa race massacre to post 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 PRAISE FOR JACQUELINE WOODSON Woodson explores class, race and death with unflinching honesty and emotional depth She manages to remember what cannot be documented, to suggest what cannot be said Washington PostYou can smell the bubble gum on Woodson s characters breath and feel their lips as they brush against your ear The present, we are repeatedly reminded, is no balm for the wounds of the past New York Times Woodson writes lyrically about what it means to be a girl in America, and what it means to be black in America Huffington Post Woodson does for young black girls what short story master Alice Munro does for poor rural ones she imbues their everyday lives with significance Elle Woodson makes us want to reach into the mirror she holds up and make the words and the worlds she explores our own New York Times Book ReviewA gorgeous writer Lyrical prose, really, really beautiful Emma Straub A master storyteller Angela Flournoy Jacqueline Woodson has a poet s soul and a poet s eye for image and ear for lyrical language I ll go anywhere she leads me Naomi Jackson


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