Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone
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Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

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, she wears a special custom-made dress - the very same dress that was sewn for 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 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.

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