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Red at the Bone ❀ Red at the Bone kindle Epub ❄ Author Jacqueline Woodson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 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 childAs the book opens in , 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 Red at PDF/EPUB or 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 placeUnfurling 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.


10 thoughts on “Red at the Bone

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik 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 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 for best fiction books at Goodread Choices So I gave my shiny, beautiful, family bounds, full of unforgettable characters stars.Well, I didn t request this book from NetGalley, I couldn t risk get rejection or see my request at the pending purgatory till it moves to archive cemetery This is the best decision to buy it, have it and love it This time none of the characters earned my slap show but me because I pissed off myself for not reading any of the other books of this author Yes, boo and shout at me shame as I perform my walk of atonement like Cersei Lannister Coming of age ceremony is an important traditional celebration and sixteen year old Melody climbs down the stair and takes part in this memorable tradition, as their parents and grandparents watch her, eyes filled in tears, flashing moments before their eyes belonged to their past lives.Melody wears her mother s dress that she never had a chance to wear because of her pregnancy, adjusted and sewn for her size The story starts her big step for jumping into the adulthood.We move back and forth with different timelines to catch other main characters stories including Melody s grandfather Sammy Po boy and grandmother Sabe they were my favorite couple and I really got jealous about their perfect love story , and the heartbreaking story of her father Aubrey and Her mother Iris about two people met so young, brought a baby to the world, wanted so many different things from life and couldn t have a healthy, lifelong relationship Aubrey created his secluded and happy place with a job gave him enough to make ends meet, his beautiful daughter s smile and his unconditional, vivid love for Iris But Iris wanted to discover the outer world She was also a child when she became mother Aubrey s mother changed her life view She made her demand and asking forShe went to college, had a secret girlfriend, mentioned her daughter as her sister But when the truth came out she went back to Brooklyn when her parents, daughter and father of her child lived and face her consequences about her choices This book is about self discovery, racism, family bound, hunger, poorness, life choices, facing your real emotions It starts with the first step of Melody and ends with her next biggest step in her life Poignant, unique, extraordinary Truly loved it Celebrating it with my happy dance and a good bottle of Merlot Yes my husband forgot his glasses and brought this as a white wine, AGAIN I m so lazy to go to liquor store, so that s fine Spitting sound Oh no This is cherry juice Yikes Husband dearest already jumped from the window to save himself from my punishment Should I call 911 Nope, he ll be fine, he s like a cat, he has seven lives I had bad luck with drinks but totally best luck with the book and I enjoyed it so much.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  2. chai ♡ chai ♡ 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 cleave 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 cleaved to their flesh like a second skin, slowly poisoning everything they d touched, and left a wound in the midst of their lives that won t heal I feel that to saythan that would be to deprive a reader of the immense joy of being swept up by the plot.With evocative, rhythmic prose, the novel embraces the family in all its muted, ordinary, yet thunderous shades, creating, in the process, a vivid portrait of a time and place in America Narrated from multiple perspectives, Red at the Bone brings the past ringing back, like a conversation that had been recorded years ago and is being played back on a turntable The family s history is plucked away like threads, caught on the spikes of memory s teeth, unraveling them strand by strand And the narrative flows accordingly guided less by plot than by remembrance, with recollections as hazy and as fragmented as dreams, as though seen through a thick cataract of cobwebs.There is a sense of being inside and above at the same time a part and apart Never have I feltlike a voyeur to someone else s pain whilst reading a book, and it made me feel tight chested, as if two great hands pressed on either side of my ribs Still, sometimes the story seemed to me blank and barren, like another language, impenetrable, and onthan one occasion I had to put down Red at the Bone just so I could think an endless slew of questions bouncing off my skull into one another, multiplying with each impact and tearing into my head, when integral plot developments that were hitherto presented to me in a single sentence several pages before suddenly strike like a hammer blow.Therein lies the novel s biggest triumph the way the author splendidly animates her storytelling with rapturing beauty and a strain of what feels like uncut truth She goes where the hurt is, plunging us into the lives of fictional yet convincingly real individuals whose voices are like the sand showing a hundred impressions Each character speaks directly to the reader as though they are pleading for our understanding and perhaps even our forgiveness The author uses this push and pull structure as a window to see inside her characters their crooning, desperate longings, their fears burning bright like a watchtower, lighting the way, the unspoken thoughts that ran deeper than secrets and weresecret than depth, what makes them complicated beyond just being good or bad rendering them permeable as sandstone If the characters voices sometimes overlap in our heads, perhaps it s because their hopes and fears were twins, even when their hearts remained at war.Indeed, Red at the Bone is infused with tremendous empathy and compassion, and offers a long view across a larger spectrum of issues than is necessarily apparent from a surface level read The author chooses themes that run deeper than mere sociopolitical commentary motherhood, friendship, romance, responsibility She captures the characters various emotional experiences, however warped or ugly, eschewing drama to focus on nuance and detail, and offering an ever shifting perspective on events.Only a little over 200 pages, the book itself is slim And though I do expect authors to tie up loose ends, I find that the novel s brevity works well the author closes the novel answering some questions while beginning to pose new ones, making what isn t said evenhaunting than what is spelled on the page in streams of imagery, sensation, and emotion The ending reads tentatively hopeful, and I felt strangely rubbed raw upon finishing this book, as if there were invisible chains chafing against my heart Once it settles, though, it feels, if not finished, then at least appropriate.A highly immersive, graceful and mature read Highly recommended ko fi blog twitter tumblr


  3. Angela M 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 th 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 hunger, or the first time he realizes he s poor A horrific past of racism , an attack on Sabe s mother s hair dressing shop, which will forever shape her attitude on money and keeping it safe from fire A past and present beautiful love story of Sabe and Po Boy While this book is short in length, it is full of heart, hurt, history, realistic emotions, and a depth of love that is visible from Melody s first step down that staircase and love that resonates when Melody takes another step into the future at the end of the book This is the third book I have read by Woodson and another reason why she is on my list of favorite authors I read this with Esil and Diane and as always a pleasure to discuss our thoughts I received an advanced copy of this book from Riverhead Books through Edelweiss


  4. Diane S ☔ 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 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 upfor 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 just lets you be there for a while A much better read for my reading buddies, Angela, Lise and myself.ARC from Netgalley and Riverhead books


  5. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    now I knew there were so many ways to get hung from a cross a mother s love for you morphing into something incomprehensible A dress ghosted in another generation s dreams A history of fire and ash and loss Legacy Melody is sixteen, having her coming out party in her home, her grandparents home, in Brooklyn s Park Slope We are introduced to her father, her grandparents, her bff, her world She has chosen for her entrance music something that draws a line between her generation and those now I knew there were so many ways to get hung from a cross a mother s love for you morphing into something incomprehensible A dress ghosted in another generation s dreams A history of fire and ash and loss Legacy Melody is sixteen, having her coming out party in her home, her grandparents home, in Brooklyn s Park Slope We are introduced to her father, her grandparents, her bff, her world She has chosen for her entrance music something that draws a line between her generation and those that came before, Prince s Darling Nikki The guests are thankful that the lyrics have been omitted you can see them at the end of EXTRA STUFF But it is the connections across generational lines that are at the core of Jacqueline Woodson s latest novel How the past persists through time, molding, if not totally defining us, informing our options, our choices, our possibilities, the impact of legacy.Jacqueline Woodson image from the New York Times Red at the Bone is a short book with a long view I have had people say, I ve read that in a day and I m like, Yo, it took me four years to write that Go back and read it againfrom the Shondaland interview It is not just about race and legacy, but about class, about parenting, about coming of age, about the making and unmaking of families Look closely It s the spring of 2001 and I am finally sixteen How many hundreds of ancestors knew a moment like this Before the narrative of their lives changed once again forever, there was Bach and Ellington, Monk and Ma Rainey, Hooker and Holiday Before the world as they knew it ended, they stepped out in heels with straightening comb burns on their ears, gartered stockings, and lipstick for the first time Iris found motherhood too soon, was fifteen when she became pregnant with Melody Buh bye Catholic school Buh bye coming out party And when her parents were unwilling to endure their neighbors scorn, buh bye neighborhood It s tough to be a proper, upstanding family, respected by all, when the sin is so public, and the forgiveness element of their Catholic community is so overwhelmed by the urge to finger point and shame.Class informs who we choose and the roads we take through our lives Although paths may cross, as we head in diverging directions we can wave to each other for a while, but eventually, mostly, we lose sight of those who have traveled too far on that other bye way The baby daddy, Aubrey, steps up, but, really, Iris does not think he is a long term commitment she wants to make She has been raised middle class, and Aubrey s background, ambitions, and interests do not measure up When she looked into her future, she saw college and some fancy job somewhere where she dressed cute and drank good wine at a restaurant after work There were always candles in her future candlelit tables and bathtubs and bedrooms She didn t see Aubrey there Her decision impacts her daughter, who grows up largely motherless, a mirror to her father, who had grown up fatherless, although without the resources his daughter has from her mother s parents One impact of history is how the Tulsa Massacre, specifically, cascades down through the generations, driving family members to achieve, and to zealously protect what they have gained, ever knowledgeable that everything might be taken from them at any time Melody is named for her great grandmother, who suffered in the Tulsa Massacre Every day since she was a baby, I ve told Iris the story How they came with intention How the only thing they wanted was to see us gone Our money gone Our shops and schools and libraries everything just good and gone And even though it happened twenty years before I was even a thought, I carry it I carry the goneness Iris carries the goneness And watching her walk down those stairs, I know now that my grandbaby carries the goneness too The goneness finds a contemporary echo when a family member is killed in the 9 11 attack, a space that cannot be filled Goneness appears in other forms, when Iris leaves her Catholic school, and, later, heads off to college.Music permeates the novel, from Melody s name and the person who had inspired it to the atmosphere of various locales, from Po Boy s recollections to Aubrey s parentage, from Melody s coming out song to Iris s college playlist Who among us does not have music associated with the events of our life Most good novels offer a bit of reflection on the narrative process The person as a story here reminded me of Ocean Vuong writing about our life experience as language in On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous as we dance, I am not Melody who is sixteen I am not my parents once illegitimate daughter I am a narrative, someone s almost forgotten story Remembered There are many moments in this book that reach deep In a favorite of these, Aubrey remembers the pedestrian things he liked in his peripatetic single parent childhood, a Whitman esque litany of physical experience, capped with an image of fleeting, unsurpassed beauty, and desperate longing that well mirrors his love for Iris, and is absolutely heart wrenching.The stories within the novel are told from several alternating perspectives, Melody, Aubrey and Iris getting the most time, and Iris s parents, Sabe and Po Boy, getting some screen time as well We see Iris and Aubrey as teens and adults, and are given a look at Aubrey s childhood as well Sabe and Po Boy provide a contemporary perspective, but a connection back to their young adulthood too Woodson s caution to the fast reader to go back and try again is advice well worth heeding Red at the Bone is a tapestry, with larger images, created with threads that are woven in and out, and drawn together to form a glorious whole You will see on second, third, or further readings flickers here that reflect events from there, see the threads that had gone unnoticed on prior readings It is a magnificent book, remarkably compact, but so, so rich Surely one of the best books of 2019.Review posted December 27, 2019Publication date September 17, 2019 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, FB, and Tumblr pages My review of Woodson s prior novel, Another BrooklynInterviews Video audio The Daily Show Trevor Noah Print Longreads We re All Still Cooking Still Raw at the Core An Interview with Jacqueline Woodson by Adam Morgan NPR Weekend Edition History And Race In America In Red At The Bone by Scott Simon Shondaland Jacqueline Woodson Will Not Be Put in a Box by Britni DanielleItems of Interest NPR Jacqueline Woodson What Is The Hidden Power Of Slow Reading Wiki The Tulsa Race Massacre Rollingstone The Tulsa Massacre Warns Us Not to Trust History to Judge Trump on Impeachment by Jamil Smith The Party by Paul Lawrence Dunbar read by Karen Wilson Sojourner Truth s seminal speech Ain t I a Woman Songs both from the book and her stated playlist from the Longreads interview Prince Darling Nikki Eva Cassidy Songbird EmmyLou Harris Don t Leave Nobody But the Baby J Cole Young, Dumb, and Broke Etta James I d Rather Go Blind Erroll Garner Fly Me to the Moon Erroll Garner Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time The Chi Lites Have You Seen Her Boy George That s the Way 5th Dimenion Stoned Soul Picnic Phoebe Snow Poetry ManDarling NikkiPrinceI knew a girl named Nikki I guess you could say she was a sex fiend,I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating with a magazine,She said how d you like to waste some time and I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind.She took me to her castle and I just couldn t believe my eyes,She had so many devices everything that money could buy,She said sign your name on the dotted line The lights went out and Nikki started to grind.NikkiThe castle started spinning or maybe it wa my brain.I can t tell you what she did to me but my body will never be the same.Awe, her lovin will kick your behind, she ll show you no mercyBut she ll sure nough, sure nough show you how to grindCome on NikkiI woke up the next morning, Nikki wasn t there.I looked all Sometimes the world s a storm.One day soon the storm will passAnd all will be bright and peaceful.Fearlessly bathe in the,Purple rainSource LyricFind


  6. JanB 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 periods and multiple perspectives of the parents, 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 memorable It will be quickly forgotten I m in the minority as many readers love t This is a look at the effects of teenage pregnancy on two families, one well off, the other poor Told through shifting time periods and multiple perspectives of the parents, 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 memorable It will be quickly forgotten I m in the minority as many readers love this one so be sure to check out other reviews I received a copy of the book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


  7. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Jacqueline Woodson s writes a profoundly lyrical inter generational black family drama, its history, of race, class, the trials and tribulations of being alive, of identity, sexuality, love, loss, grief and ambition It begins with the coming of age of Melody, her 16th birthday, wearing a dress that her mother, Iris, never got to wear, at the tender age of 15, Iris was pregnant with Melody Woodson uses this family event to weave a moving web of family history and interconnections in a narrative Jacqueline Woodson s writes a profoundly lyrical inter generational black family drama, its history, of race, class, the trials and tribulations of being alive, of identity, sexuality, love, loss, grief and ambition It begins with the coming of age of Melody, her 16th birthday, wearing a dress that her mother, Iris, never got to wear, at the tender age of 15, Iris was pregnant with Melody Woodson uses this family event to weave a moving web of family history and interconnections in a narrative that deftly illustrates how the past is writ large in the present, continuing to shape the future The repercussions of a teen pregnancy, an Iris for whom motherhood is not enough and abandons Melody to be lovingly brought up by her steadfast, contented and committed father, Aubrey, and her grandparents Sabe and Sammy It takes in the impact of the 1921 Tulsa race massacres, driving the family to relocate and triggering its focus on ambition Woodson s stellar novel imprints itself indelibly on my memory with its insightful and acute observations that go into highlighting the complexities and complications of family She has a real gift in characterisation with so few words, bringing a humanity and authenticity to the people who inhabit the book This may well be a short novel, but it is epic in scale, containing such beautiful imagery, with an underlying sense of universality when it comes to family, of what it takes to survive and endure, the importance of remembering, the tragedies, the heartbreak and the joy and hope too A poignantly stitched together multilayered reconstruction of a specific family and its past amidst which lies the history of a nation Highly recommended Many thanks to Orion for an ARC


  8. Jen 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 memor 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 memories arrive at this single moment in time.Beautifully written and emotionally captivating.This one is sure to tug at the heart strings 5


  9. emma emma says:

    THIS IS MY THOUSANDTH READ what a goodie to round out on.review to come 4 stars there are many reasons i am excited to read this book yes, the fact that it s under 200 pages is one of them i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 Queeniebook 7 Red at the Bone THIS IS MY THOUSANDTH READ what a goodie to round out on.review to come 4 stars there are many reasons i am excited to read this book yes, the fact that it s under 200 pages is one of them i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 Queeniebook 7 Red at the Bone


  10. Karen 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 daughter they bring forth, and the maternal grandparents.It is poetic and dramatic and I just couldn t stop reading This is the third book I ve read by this author I need to read her others.


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10 thoughts on “Red at the Bone

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik 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 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 for best fiction books at Goodread Choices So I gave my shiny, beautiful, family bounds, full of unforgettable characters stars.Well, I didn t request this book from NetGalley, I couldn t risk get rejection or see my request at the pending purgatory till it moves to archive cemetery This is the best decision to buy it, have it and love it This time none of the characters earned my slap show but me because I pissed off myself for not reading any of the other books of this author Yes, boo and shout at me shame as I perform my walk of atonement like Cersei Lannister Coming of age ceremony is an important traditional celebration and sixteen year old Melody climbs down the stair and takes part in this memorable tradition, as their parents and grandparents watch her, eyes filled in tears, flashing moments before their eyes belonged to their past lives.Melody wears her mother s dress that she never had a chance to wear because of her pregnancy, adjusted and sewn for her size The story starts her big step for jumping into the adulthood.We move back and forth with different timelines to catch other main characters stories including Melody s grandfather Sammy Po boy and grandmother Sabe they were my favorite couple and I really got jealous about their perfect love story , and the heartbreaking story of her father Aubrey and Her mother Iris about two people met so young, brought a baby to the world, wanted so many different things from life and couldn t have a healthy, lifelong relationship Aubrey created his secluded and happy place with a job gave him enough to make ends meet, his beautiful daughter s smile and his unconditional, vivid love for Iris But Iris wanted to discover the outer world She was also a child when she became mother Aubrey s mother changed her life view She made her demand and asking forShe went to college, had a secret girlfriend, mentioned her daughter as her sister But when the truth came out she went back to Brooklyn when her parents, daughter and father of her child lived and face her consequences about her choices This book is about self discovery, racism, family bound, hunger, poorness, life choices, facing your real emotions It starts with the first step of Melody and ends with her next biggest step in her life Poignant, unique, extraordinary Truly loved it Celebrating it with my happy dance and a good bottle of Merlot Yes my husband forgot his glasses and brought this as a white wine, AGAIN I m so lazy to go to liquor store, so that s fine Spitting sound Oh no This is cherry juice Yikes Husband dearest already jumped from the window to save himself from my punishment Should I call 911 Nope, he ll be fine, he s like a cat, he has seven lives I had bad luck with drinks but totally best luck with the book and I enjoyed it so much.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. chai ♡ chai ♡ 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 cleave 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 cleaved to their flesh like a second skin, slowly poisoning everything they d touched, and left a wound in the midst of their lives that won t heal I feel that to saythan that would be to deprive a reader of the immense joy of being swept up by the plot.With evocative, rhythmic prose, the novel embraces the family in all its muted, ordinary, yet thunderous shades, creating, in the process, a vivid portrait of a time and place in America Narrated from multiple perspectives, Red at the Bone brings the past ringing back, like a conversation that had been recorded years ago and is being played back on a turntable The family s history is plucked away like threads, caught on the spikes of memory s teeth, unraveling them strand by strand And the narrative flows accordingly guided less by plot than by remembrance, with recollections as hazy and as fragmented as dreams, as though seen through a thick cataract of cobwebs.There is a sense of being inside and above at the same time a part and apart Never have I feltlike a voyeur to someone else s pain whilst reading a book, and it made me feel tight chested, as if two great hands pressed on either side of my ribs Still, sometimes the story seemed to me blank and barren, like another language, impenetrable, and onthan one occasion I had to put down Red at the Bone just so I could think an endless slew of questions bouncing off my skull into one another, multiplying with each impact and tearing into my head, when integral plot developments that were hitherto presented to me in a single sentence several pages before suddenly strike like a hammer blow.Therein lies the novel s biggest triumph the way the author splendidly animates her storytelling with rapturing beauty and a strain of what feels like uncut truth She goes where the hurt is, plunging us into the lives of fictional yet convincingly real individuals whose voices are like the sand showing a hundred impressions Each character speaks directly to the reader as though they are pleading for our understanding and perhaps even our forgiveness The author uses this push and pull structure as a window to see inside her characters their crooning, desperate longings, their fears burning bright like a watchtower, lighting the way, the unspoken thoughts that ran deeper than secrets and weresecret than depth, what makes them complicated beyond just being good or bad rendering them permeable as sandstone If the characters voices sometimes overlap in our heads, perhaps it s because their hopes and fears were twins, even when their hearts remained at war.Indeed, Red at the Bone is infused with tremendous empathy and compassion, and offers a long view across a larger spectrum of issues than is necessarily apparent from a surface level read The author chooses themes that run deeper than mere sociopolitical commentary motherhood, friendship, romance, responsibility She captures the characters various emotional experiences, however warped or ugly, eschewing drama to focus on nuance and detail, and offering an ever shifting perspective on events.Only a little over 200 pages, the book itself is slim And though I do expect authors to tie up loose ends, I find that the novel s brevity works well the author closes the novel answering some questions while beginning to pose new ones, making what isn t said evenhaunting than what is spelled on the page in streams of imagery, sensation, and emotion The ending reads tentatively hopeful, and I felt strangely rubbed raw upon finishing this book, as if there were invisible chains chafing against my heart Once it settles, though, it feels, if not finished, then at least appropriate.A highly immersive, graceful and mature read Highly recommended ko fi blog twitter tumblr

  3. Angela M 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 th 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 hunger, or the first time he realizes he s poor A horrific past of racism , an attack on Sabe s mother s hair dressing shop, which will forever shape her attitude on money and keeping it safe from fire A past and present beautiful love story of Sabe and Po Boy While this book is short in length, it is full of heart, hurt, history, realistic emotions, and a depth of love that is visible from Melody s first step down that staircase and love that resonates when Melody takes another step into the future at the end of the book This is the third book I have read by Woodson and another reason why she is on my list of favorite authors I read this with Esil and Diane and as always a pleasure to discuss our thoughts I received an advanced copy of this book from Riverhead Books through Edelweiss

  4. Diane S ☔ 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 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 upfor 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 just lets you be there for a while A much better read for my reading buddies, Angela, Lise and myself.ARC from Netgalley and Riverhead books

  5. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    now I knew there were so many ways to get hung from a cross a mother s love for you morphing into something incomprehensible A dress ghosted in another generation s dreams A history of fire and ash and loss Legacy Melody is sixteen, having her coming out party in her home, her grandparents home, in Brooklyn s Park Slope We are introduced to her father, her grandparents, her bff, her world She has chosen for her entrance music something that draws a line between her generation and those now I knew there were so many ways to get hung from a cross a mother s love for you morphing into something incomprehensible A dress ghosted in another generation s dreams A history of fire and ash and loss Legacy Melody is sixteen, having her coming out party in her home, her grandparents home, in Brooklyn s Park Slope We are introduced to her father, her grandparents, her bff, her world She has chosen for her entrance music something that draws a line between her generation and those that came before, Prince s Darling Nikki The guests are thankful that the lyrics have been omitted you can see them at the end of EXTRA STUFF But it is the connections across generational lines that are at the core of Jacqueline Woodson s latest novel How the past persists through time, molding, if not totally defining us, informing our options, our choices, our possibilities, the impact of legacy.Jacqueline Woodson image from the New York Times Red at the Bone is a short book with a long view I have had people say, I ve read that in a day and I m like, Yo, it took me four years to write that Go back and read it againfrom the Shondaland interview It is not just about race and legacy, but about class, about parenting, about coming of age, about the making and unmaking of families Look closely It s the spring of 2001 and I am finally sixteen How many hundreds of ancestors knew a moment like this Before the narrative of their lives changed once again forever, there was Bach and Ellington, Monk and Ma Rainey, Hooker and Holiday Before the world as they knew it ended, they stepped out in heels with straightening comb burns on their ears, gartered stockings, and lipstick for the first time Iris found motherhood too soon, was fifteen when she became pregnant with Melody Buh bye Catholic school Buh bye coming out party And when her parents were unwilling to endure their neighbors scorn, buh bye neighborhood It s tough to be a proper, upstanding family, respected by all, when the sin is so public, and the forgiveness element of their Catholic community is so overwhelmed by the urge to finger point and shame.Class informs who we choose and the roads we take through our lives Although paths may cross, as we head in diverging directions we can wave to each other for a while, but eventually, mostly, we lose sight of those who have traveled too far on that other bye way The baby daddy, Aubrey, steps up, but, really, Iris does not think he is a long term commitment she wants to make She has been raised middle class, and Aubrey s background, ambitions, and interests do not measure up When she looked into her future, she saw college and some fancy job somewhere where she dressed cute and drank good wine at a restaurant after work There were always candles in her future candlelit tables and bathtubs and bedrooms She didn t see Aubrey there Her decision impacts her daughter, who grows up largely motherless, a mirror to her father, who had grown up fatherless, although without the resources his daughter has from her mother s parents One impact of history is how the Tulsa Massacre, specifically, cascades down through the generations, driving family members to achieve, and to zealously protect what they have gained, ever knowledgeable that everything might be taken from them at any time Melody is named for her great grandmother, who suffered in the Tulsa Massacre Every day since she was a baby, I ve told Iris the story How they came with intention How the only thing they wanted was to see us gone Our money gone Our shops and schools and libraries everything just good and gone And even though it happened twenty years before I was even a thought, I carry it I carry the goneness Iris carries the goneness And watching her walk down those stairs, I know now that my grandbaby carries the goneness too The goneness finds a contemporary echo when a family member is killed in the 9 11 attack, a space that cannot be filled Goneness appears in other forms, when Iris leaves her Catholic school, and, later, heads off to college.Music permeates the novel, from Melody s name and the person who had inspired it to the atmosphere of various locales, from Po Boy s recollections to Aubrey s parentage, from Melody s coming out song to Iris s college playlist Who among us does not have music associated with the events of our life Most good novels offer a bit of reflection on the narrative process The person as a story here reminded me of Ocean Vuong writing about our life experience as language in On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous as we dance, I am not Melody who is sixteen I am not my parents once illegitimate daughter I am a narrative, someone s almost forgotten story Remembered There are many moments in this book that reach deep In a favorite of these, Aubrey remembers the pedestrian things he liked in his peripatetic single parent childhood, a Whitman esque litany of physical experience, capped with an image of fleeting, unsurpassed beauty, and desperate longing that well mirrors his love for Iris, and is absolutely heart wrenching.The stories within the novel are told from several alternating perspectives, Melody, Aubrey and Iris getting the most time, and Iris s parents, Sabe and Po Boy, getting some screen time as well We see Iris and Aubrey as teens and adults, and are given a look at Aubrey s childhood as well Sabe and Po Boy provide a contemporary perspective, but a connection back to their young adulthood too Woodson s caution to the fast reader to go back and try again is advice well worth heeding Red at the Bone is a tapestry, with larger images, created with threads that are woven in and out, and drawn together to form a glorious whole You will see on second, third, or further readings flickers here that reflect events from there, see the threads that had gone unnoticed on prior readings It is a magnificent book, remarkably compact, but so, so rich Surely one of the best books of 2019.Review posted December 27, 2019Publication date September 17, 2019 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, FB, and Tumblr pages My review of Woodson s prior novel, Another BrooklynInterviews Video audio The Daily Show Trevor Noah Print Longreads We re All Still Cooking Still Raw at the Core An Interview with Jacqueline Woodson by Adam Morgan NPR Weekend Edition History And Race In America In Red At The Bone by Scott Simon Shondaland Jacqueline Woodson Will Not Be Put in a Box by Britni DanielleItems of Interest NPR Jacqueline Woodson What Is The Hidden Power Of Slow Reading Wiki The Tulsa Race Massacre Rollingstone The Tulsa Massacre Warns Us Not to Trust History to Judge Trump on Impeachment by Jamil Smith The Party by Paul Lawrence Dunbar read by Karen Wilson Sojourner Truth s seminal speech Ain t I a Woman Songs both from the book and her stated playlist from the Longreads interview Prince Darling Nikki Eva Cassidy Songbird EmmyLou Harris Don t Leave Nobody But the Baby J Cole Young, Dumb, and Broke Etta James I d Rather Go Blind Erroll Garner Fly Me to the Moon Erroll Garner Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time The Chi Lites Have You Seen Her Boy George That s the Way 5th Dimenion Stoned Soul Picnic Phoebe Snow Poetry ManDarling NikkiPrinceI knew a girl named Nikki I guess you could say she was a sex fiend,I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating with a magazine,She said how d you like to waste some time and I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind.She took me to her castle and I just couldn t believe my eyes,She had so many devices everything that money could buy,She said sign your name on the dotted line The lights went out and Nikki started to grind.NikkiThe castle started spinning or maybe it wa my brain.I can t tell you what she did to me but my body will never be the same.Awe, her lovin will kick your behind, she ll show you no mercyBut she ll sure nough, sure nough show you how to grindCome on NikkiI woke up the next morning, Nikki wasn t there.I looked all Sometimes the world s a storm.One day soon the storm will passAnd all will be bright and peaceful.Fearlessly bathe in the,Purple rainSource LyricFind

  6. JanB 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 periods and multiple perspectives of the parents, 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 memorable It will be quickly forgotten I m in the minority as many readers love t This is a look at the effects of teenage pregnancy on two families, one well off, the other poor Told through shifting time periods and multiple perspectives of the parents, 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 memorable It will be quickly forgotten I m in the minority as many readers love this one so be sure to check out other reviews I received a copy of the book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  7. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Jacqueline Woodson s writes a profoundly lyrical inter generational black family drama, its history, of race, class, the trials and tribulations of being alive, of identity, sexuality, love, loss, grief and ambition It begins with the coming of age of Melody, her 16th birthday, wearing a dress that her mother, Iris, never got to wear, at the tender age of 15, Iris was pregnant with Melody Woodson uses this family event to weave a moving web of family history and interconnections in a narrative Jacqueline Woodson s writes a profoundly lyrical inter generational black family drama, its history, of race, class, the trials and tribulations of being alive, of identity, sexuality, love, loss, grief and ambition It begins with the coming of age of Melody, her 16th birthday, wearing a dress that her mother, Iris, never got to wear, at the tender age of 15, Iris was pregnant with Melody Woodson uses this family event to weave a moving web of family history and interconnections in a narrative that deftly illustrates how the past is writ large in the present, continuing to shape the future The repercussions of a teen pregnancy, an Iris for whom motherhood is not enough and abandons Melody to be lovingly brought up by her steadfast, contented and committed father, Aubrey, and her grandparents Sabe and Sammy It takes in the impact of the 1921 Tulsa race massacres, driving the family to relocate and triggering its focus on ambition Woodson s stellar novel imprints itself indelibly on my memory with its insightful and acute observations that go into highlighting the complexities and complications of family She has a real gift in characterisation with so few words, bringing a humanity and authenticity to the people who inhabit the book This may well be a short novel, but it is epic in scale, containing such beautiful imagery, with an underlying sense of universality when it comes to family, of what it takes to survive and endure, the importance of remembering, the tragedies, the heartbreak and the joy and hope too A poignantly stitched together multilayered reconstruction of a specific family and its past amidst which lies the history of a nation Highly recommended Many thanks to Orion for an ARC

  8. Jen 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 memor 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 memories arrive at this single moment in time.Beautifully written and emotionally captivating.This one is sure to tug at the heart strings 5

  9. emma emma says:

    THIS IS MY THOUSANDTH READ what a goodie to round out on.review to come 4 stars there are many reasons i am excited to read this book yes, the fact that it s under 200 pages is one of them i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 Queeniebook 7 Red at the Bone THIS IS MY THOUSANDTH READ what a goodie to round out on.review to come 4 stars there are many reasons i am excited to read this book yes, the fact that it s under 200 pages is one of them i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 Queeniebook 7 Red at the Bone

  10. Karen 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 daughter they bring forth, and the maternal grandparents.It is poetic and dramatic and I just couldn t stop reading This is the third book I ve read by this author I need to read her others.

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