Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson audiobook

Red at the Bone: A Novel

By Jacqueline Woodson
Read by Jacqueline Woodson

Penguin Audio


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780593147047

  • ISBN: 9780593147047

Runtime: 3.88 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A Parade Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A September 2019 LibraryReads Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2019 by LitHub and The Millions.

Called one of the Top 10 Literary Fiction titles of Fall by Publishers Weekly.

An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary 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 this child.

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the soundtrack of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Read by Jacqueline Woodson, with Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Sabe), Peter Francis James (Po’Boy), Shayna Small (Iris), and Bahni Turpin (Melody)

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Emotionally transfixing. Entertainment Weekly
“Breaks down the ways in which parenthood changes people for both better and worse and what it means to find your true identity. Parade
“Unpack[s] the ambitions and struggles of three generations of a black family in Brooklyn.” Elle
“Five talented narrators, including the author, differentiate shifting time periods and three generations of an African–American family. Bahni Turpin aids listeners in understanding the feelings of sixteen-year-old Melody, who is central to the story. Her caustic comments arise from her mother Iris’s infrequent presence. Shayna Small fills in Iris’s complexities. She is a teen mother who fled home dreaming of a larger life. In contrast, Peter Francis James and Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s rich voices evoke the age, devotion, authority, and histories of Melody’s beloved grandparents. Author Jacqueline Woodson delivers the third-person narrative, connecting the way the protagonists impact each other. Her spare but emotive text leaves lots of room for all these powerful interpretations. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Woodson skips back and forth between the decades so deftly that it feels like it all happens in a heartbeat. Family Circle
A slim novel with tremendous emotional power. Real Simple
“Three generations of longing and ambition come into razor-sharp focus.” Vanity Fair  
[A] remarkable and moving portrait of a family in a changing Brooklyn. . . There's not a single unnecessary word. Refinery29
A family portrait that transcends the bounds of time.
A novel you won't soon forget, one that begs to be discussed. PopSugar  
You’ll love every last word of this beautiful book. HelloGiggles
Woodson’s language is as elliptical and dreamy as poetry, but it’s always grounded in story and character, like prose. Red at the Bone is a family story that is sparked by an unexpected teenage pregnancy, simultaneously unspooling backward and forward in time. Vox  
Jacqueline Woodson deftly touches on race, class, religion, and sexuality in a spare but poignant multigenerational portrait of a Brooklyn family. Business Insider
A beautifully written examination not just of the bonds of family, but also of how alone one can feel within it…. Woodson paints a portrait of people who can barely remember who they once were, yet live with the echoes of their past selves every day. This lyrical novel makes the reader feel like they are present at a moment both they, and the characters, are attempting to unpack together. BUST
Jacqueline Woodson is moving and shaking in both YA and adult literature realms. Her new adult novel brings together a clash of social classes via an unexpected pregnancy . . . Two words: can’t wait. The Millions
[A] beautifully imagined novel. . . Woodson’s nuanced voice evokes the complexities of race, class, religion, and sexuality in fluid prose and a series of telling details. This is a wise, powerful, and compassionate novel. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Woodson famously nails the adolescent voice. But so, too, she burnishes all her characters' perspectives. . . In Woodson, at the height of her powers, readers hear the blues: ‘beneath that joy, such a sadness.’ Kirkus, starred review 
[Jacqueline Woodson’s] books combine unique details of her characters’ lives with the sounds, sights and especially music of their surroundings, creating stories that are both deeply personal and remarkably universal….this lyrical, lightly told coming-of-age story is bound to satisfy. BookPage
Jacqueline Woodson has such an original vision, such a singular voice. Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author
Woodson brings the reader so close to her young characters that you can smell the bubble gum on their breath and feel their lips as they brush against your ear. Tayari Jones, New York Times bestselling author
Jacqueline Woodson is a master storyteller. Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House




Author Bio: Jacqueline Woodson

Author Bio: Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, named national Young People’s Poet Laureate, is a multiple-award-winning author of more than two dozen acclaimed books for young adults, middle graders, and children. She won the 2019 Indie Champion Award for advocacy of independent bookstores. Among her many other honors are the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, among others. She is the 2018 winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” She was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English