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.
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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