Daily Bookmark: “Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson is a family drama with a Brooklyn setting

National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson is back on the Brooklyn beat with a new novel about family, social class, gentrification and identity. The “Another Brooklyn” author’s latest is “Red at the Bone,” on sale September 17 from Penguin Random House. 

The novel follows the teenaged Melody as she prepares for her sixteenth birthday celebration inside her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. The dress Melody plans to wear was sewn for her mother’s sixteenth birthday party just sixteen years earlier — a party that never took place. 

The book reveals how the family came to this moment, and how Melody will strive to escape her mother’s fate. Woodson paints an intergenerational family portrait, interweaving scenes from Melody’s life with decades-old family vignettes that transcend time and place.  

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” and “Another Brooklyn.” She lives in Brooklyn. 

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