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Red at the Bone
A Novel
By (author): Jacqueline Woodson
9780525535270 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 17, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.35 x 8.3 x 0.82 in | 0.75 lb 208 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
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.

Story Locale: Brooklyn, Ohio, Oklahoma

AUTHOR REPUTATION AND PLATFORM: Woodson is one of the most important, most prominent, most beloved writers of young people’s literature working today. Her children’s books are regularly taught in schools across the country. In the young reader community she is a household name. And this is our opportunity to expand that into the adult world.

HER PREVIOUS ADULT NOVEL IN 2016 WAS A #1 INDIENEXT PICK AND NYT BESTSELLER: Another Brooklyn was a finalist for the National Book Award and a NYT bestseller - proof that Woodson has a huge adult audience as well as the attention of critics. We are starting with excellent awareness and numbers. On top of that, we have this incredible book, at this incredible moment in her career. This is an event.

A BOOK WITH THE RICHNESS AND FEELING AND SCOPE OF A NOVEL TEN TIMES ITS LENGTH: Tight language and perfectly placed details give the story a power and vividness that make it all come instantly alive for the reader, despite the shorter length.

FOR ADULT AUDIENCE: Even more than Woodson’s 2016 adult novel, Another Brooklyn, this book feels like it’s about adults and written for an adult readership.

Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books including the 2016 New York Times-bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award Winner. Her New York Times-bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Marketing: Online advertising

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JacquelineWoodson.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram



Publicity: National electronic media

NPR interviews

National print and online reviews and features

National author tour with lecture tie-in



Author Website: JacquelineWoodson.com

Author Social Media: Facebook.com/Jacqueline.Woodson; Twitter:@JackieWoodson; Instagram: Jaqueline_Woodson

Praise for Red at the Bone:

"Beautiful … a generous, big-hearted novel." – Brit Bennett, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

"Profoundly moving ... With its abiding interest in the miracle of everyday love, Red at the Bone is a proclamation." —The New York Times Book Review

"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." – Ibram X. Kendi in The Atlantic

"A treasure awaits readers who encounter Red at the Bone….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. Thus, as Woodson covers nearly a century, from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre to 9/11, her grasp of history’s weight on individuals — and definitive feel for borough life, past and present — proves to be as emotionally transfixing as ever." —Entertainment Weekly

“A true spell of a book, Woodson is one of those rare writers who make you feel like you can do anything, should do anything. The story of family and young love are timeless human stories—but through Woodson’s sentences, this novel offers us new ways to think and embody our burning world and, perhaps most mercifully, permission to dream—and to change.”—Ocean Vuong, New York Times bestselling author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

"Red at the Bone is a narrative steeped in truth...Thank you, Ms. Woodson, for leading me home." —The Washington Post

"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." –Esquire

"[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."—The 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."—The San Francisco Chronicle

"A remarkable, intergenerational harmony of voices. At its center is hope for both individual and hereditary survival."—USA Today

"Gorgeous, moving…A story of love—romantic and familial—and alienation, grief and triumph, disaster and survival." Nylon

"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

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