Red at the Bone: A Novel

Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and more


224 pages

Average rating: 7.15




Community Reviews

Dec 27, 2023
10/10 stars
Insightful and poignant examination of family and love. Melody and the generations who preceded her are explored in a free form manner and three audiobook was narrated by a full cast, so it was easy to know whose view we were sharing. Current cultural horrors are deftly woven into the story - 911, and the generations earlier Tulsa massacre most notably. This one will haunt me for a while.
May 26, 2023
7/10 stars
Very great story of family dynamics and the affects of familial relationships. The ending left me with a few questions but overall was a good read.
Mar 05, 2022
8/10 stars
Jacqueline is a brilliant writer and overall was able to deliver a good book. The only reason I did not highly rate it is because it felt like there was something missing throughout. Lastly, I don't necessarily hurt open endings, but I'd have to throughouly enjoy and admire the book from start to finish in order to love that execution.

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