Red at the Bone

Longlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2020

'Will remind you why you love reading' Stylist (Best New Books for 2020)

'Sublime... will strike you in the heart' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

'Profound, moving and consistently unexpected... Pure poetry' Observer

'A true spell of a book' Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous

'Haunting' Guardian

'An epic in miniature' Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

'Dazzling... With urgent, vital insights into questions of class, gender, race, history, queerness and sex' New York Times

'A banger' Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of The Water Dancer

Brooklyn, 2001. 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 place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's family - from the 1921 Tulsa race 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 fateful decisions about their lives before they have even begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

  • Pub date: 09.10.19
  • RRP: $34.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback

Author

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times-bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times-bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's LIterature and recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. In 2015 she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.

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