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Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 (utgåvan 2020)

av Jacqueline Woodson (Författare)

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"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"--… (mer)
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Titel:Red at the Bone: Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020
Författare:Jacqueline Woodson (Författare)
Info:W&N (2020), Edition: 01, 208 pages
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The book opens with a party: Melody is sixteen, getting ready in her grandparents' brownstone, for an event that her mother, pregnant at fifteen, had not had herself.

Relationships between Melody, her mother Iris, her father Aubrey, and her grandparents are illuminated in the course of the novel which moves back and forth in time and each of the characters have a turn telling the reader his or her story. The result is a poignant, powerful exploration of two Black families living in Brooklyn, their histories, and the intricacies of their relationships. The spare prose, deceptively simple, conveys so much that I will have a lot to chew on long after I put the book down. ( )
  bell7 | Feb 21, 2021 |
Most family sagas take hundreds of pages to tell the same story that Jacqueline Woodson brings to life so succinctly with her powerful narrative and captivating characters.

Sixteen year old Melody, coming of age in her mother's dress and her grandparent's house, independent Iris and devoted Aubrey, and Sabe with her mother's memories of the Tulsa massacre in 1921, span three generations and a century of strength: 'But both of them need to know that inside the goneness you gotta carry so many other things. The running. The saving. The surviving'.

I felt like I really grew to know and care for all of the women in this brief narrative, especially Iris and her realisation that having a baby does not necessarily make you a mother (although the breastfeeding scene was a little off-putting). The hidden treasure was also a great device connecting the grandmother, mother and daughter.

Another story to read again and again. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jan 20, 2021 |
The hard copy of Red at the Bone is patiently waiting in my October TBR pile but that stack is getting pretty big…So a couple of weeks ago I looked on the Libby App and our library recently purchased a copy of the audiobook so the wait was only 2 weeks. I listened to this one yesterday (clocking it at 3.5 hours it was totally doable!) and wow!

This was an amazingly beautiful audiobook and the four narrators along with Jacqueline Woodson were just incredible. ⁣⁣I love stories that bring us back to how someone arrived at a poignant moment in time. Red at the Bone moves back and forth with different timelines to include stories of the main character’s family members and flowed very easily for me as a listener. ⁣⁣
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The perspectives on life, parenthood, identity, race, class, and self-discovery are raw, powerful, thought-provoking and also heartwarming. While this book is on the shorter side, it packs a punch. Woodson’s writing evokes emotion and I love that she had each multi-faceted character speak for themselves which I think added so much depth and perspective. I highly recommend this and it was just wonderful on audio! ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
This is a book about hunger. The teen pregnancy plot reminded me of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Like Conner said in his review, it feels like a vignette of a family’s life rather than a complete novel. Each character yearns for connection and love and just barely misses the mark. My favorite characters were hurt the deepest. In that sense, it read like Toni Morrison’s novels of despair, but was more digestible which I appreciate. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
https://www.instagram.com/p/CIi1UYbB_oF/

Jacqueline Woodson - Red at the Bone: I think because I listened to this, it didn’t make enough of an impact. (I can’t focus on audio, in general.) I truly loved the ending, though. #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews ( )
  khage | Dec 8, 2020 |
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"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"--

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