An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together 2 families from different social classes, & exposes the private hopes, disappointments, & longings that can bind or divide us from each other. Moving forward & backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history & community have played in the experiences, decisions, & relationships of these families, & in the life of the new child.
"In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire & orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss…. With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature." (NPR)
"A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist