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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Brooklyn, 2001.

It is the evening of 16-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 parents and grandparents - from the 1921 Tulsa 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 long-lasting decisions about their lives - even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

©2019 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Red at the Bone

Wow. writer really spoke to the real raw emotions, memories and story of the characters. I felt I was with them each moment.

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Short, sharp and very sweet

Must read. Short, sharp and very sweet. narrating four generations into 200 pages is real talent.

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Powerful.

At just under four hours this is a short audiobook. Was it worth my audible credit. Absolutely!

Alternate narratives and a varied time line lead to the understanding of Melody’s birth and how it shaped the lives of Melody, Iris, Aubrey, Sabe and Sammy.

This was so good that I will listen to this one again sometime.

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  • Elsa Muhammad
  • 20-02-2021

Life

This book for me was excellent, found it difficult at first to get into, but once I did, found I just wanted to get more. Loved how different reader’s expressed the characters of the book, which brought it to life.
Excellent read, excellent listening

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  • B N Moore
  • 21-01-2020

Don’t believe the hype

This book has received rave reviews but sadly I just didn’t get it... I found it slow, and the book jumped between characters and their different viewpoints within their own history, and I would often lost the thread.. it might be easier to follow if reading the actual book as opposed to audio, but for me I wouldn’t recommend.

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