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 Jacqueline Woodson is a NATIONAL TREASURE This is one of the very few books that has made me break down into no holds barred ugly crying at the end Nuanced, devastating, and yet empowering and hopeful, this is a perfect read.
It s 2001 and sixteen year old Melody is celebrating her birthday surrounded by family and friends Told from alternating points of view, readers learn the past that brought two very different families together for this momentous occasion Red at the Bone is a poignant story that I devoured in one sitting The voice of each character is powerful and authentic The tragedies that play major parts in their lives were heartbreaking This is an unflinching look at family and how we become one, slowly and all at once, based on our choices.
At just over 200 pages, Woodson explores ambition, education, desire, and parenthood in an emotionally insightful way.
I recommend this book to readers who love literary historical fiction, family drama, and narratives from multiple points of view.
Thanks to Riverhead books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my hone Á Red at the Bone × Because if a body s to be remembered, someone has to tell its story This is one of the many quotes I highlighted in RED AT THE BONE, this beautiful, gut punch of a novel by Jacqueline Woodson A piece of the highest literary craftsmanship, each chapter alternates character, and each character s voice is so real I felt like they were talking directly to me, or that each character was telling me their story instead of one author writing it I felt intimately connected with everyone in this family and shared their heartache, their joy, and all the in between moments This is the perfect novel to fall into and lose yourself, to get completely swept up in, and resurface only after reaching the last page.
If anyone were to ask me what the point of literature is, I would direct them to this book for its power, insight, and humanity I read it in a single sitting while on a four hour flight Had the book been longer, I likely would not have been able to finish it but there s an equal possibility that I would have resisted getting off the plane until I was done reading I can t imagine that ending well.
Woodson s novel immediately before this, Another Brooklyn, had a strong effect on me Never before had I felt myself being drawn so vividly into the mind and soul of another person I naturally assumed it would be a unique experience, that any future book by Woodson might impress and move me but never reach the extraordinary heights of Brooklyn I was wrong Red at the Bone is every bit equal perhaps amazing to say If a body is to be remembered, someone has to tell its story.
Tell a story of bodies is exactly what Jaqueline Woodson has done in Red at the Bone Once again she has proven a master storyteller and a writer with the utmost ability to bring her characters to life and make you feel everything that they are going through, the love, the sadness, the hate, the life, and the death She beautifully weaves this tapestry of a novel about one family and their lives past, present and future I was left shattered yet hopeful, reminiscent of a classic Toni Morrison work, Woodson has once again outdone herself with another novel sure to be worthy of a national book award honors.
The novel starts at Melody s coming of age ceremony at the age of sixteen with her family and supporting cast all t There s nothing as dangerous as a poet writing a novel A breathtaking, distilled story of a family.