Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson audiobook

Red at the Bone: A Novel

By Jacqueline Woodson
Read by Jacqueline Woodson , Bahni Turpin , Shayna Small , and others

Penguin Audio


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

  • ISBN: 9780593147047

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



New York Times bestseller

Finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary of Fiction

A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Literary Fiction & Classics

A Booklist Top 10 Pick of Best Women's Fiction on Audio

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Top Ten New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A September 2019 LibraryReads Pick

A Parade Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming


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 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 music 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A treasure….A universal American tale of striving, failing, then trying again.” Time
“Sublime….This short novel contains immense empathy for each member of its wide ensemble.” Entertainment Weekly  
“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…Shayna Small fills in Iris’s complexities…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…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Profoundly moving … With its abiding interest in the miracle of everyday love.” New York Times Book Review
“Red at the Bone is a narrative steeped in truth." Washington Post
"A spectacular novel that only [a] legend can pull off, one that wrenches us to confront the life-altering and life-pulling and life-subsuming facts of history, of love, of expectations, of status, of parenthood. The Atlantic
"Red at the Bone is a slim novel that has all the heft of a family saga but reads like poetry... Woodson nailed the ending, leaving me thoroughly satisfied and awed by her talent. Lynn Neary, NPR"Lyrical, dreamy, and brimming with compassion for her characters.
"[Red at the Bone] subtly explores the ways in which desire can reconfigure our best-laid plans, and its expansive outlook suggests how easily, in African-American life, hard-won privileges can be dissolved. New Yorker
Vast emotional depth, rich historical understanding and revelatory pacing ... Woodson draws the profound magic out of the ordinary. She is unmatched in her ability to evoke emotion. San Francisco Chronicle
A remarkable, intergenerational harmony of voices. At its center is hope for both individual and hereditary survival. USA Today
Red at the Bone breaks down the ways in which parenthood changes people for both better and worse and what it means to find your true identity. Parade 
Slender miracle of a novel [that] performs a magic trick with time….Woodson skips back and forth between the decades so deftly that it feels like it all happens in a heartbeat. Family Circle




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