Red At The Bone

by Jacqueline Woodson


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.

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

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

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Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208 Pages
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Published: Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781474616454

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