November 6, 2019

Red at the Bone


"What haunts you?" ~ pg. 114

Longtime bookhearts know that I do not favor books with too many points of view, multiple characters and jumping time periods. However, Jacqueline Woodson moves back and forth in time with her new novel, Red at the Bone. And I loved every word of it!

History and community play a huge role in our experiences, relationships and the life of a new child. The book begins in 2001; it is the evening of 16-year-old Melody's coming-of-age ceremony. She makes a grand entrance like a true young lady to the music of The Great Purple One (Prince) in a custom-made dress. Sixteen years earlier, Melody's mother was measured to wear the same exact dress. However, that ceremony never took place as planned. And so the story unfolds in themes of ambition, identity, gentrification, social class and parenthood.

The narration is so, so right! I almost want to read Red at the Bone all over again. #Dassit

Title: Red at the Bone
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Published: September 2019
Pages: 208
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

 

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