Woodson is a master storyteller – there is absolutely no legitimate argument contrary to that. Her latest novel, RED AT THE BONE, is an incredible story of life in multiple generations. With a deft hand, Woodson creates a tapestry of grandparent-parent-child relationships. These relationships are the focus of the novel but not where all the action resides and in that, Woodson has created something utterly unique. RED AT THE BONE is almost a novel of multiple character studies, reflecting 4 generations of African American life – with tragedy and triumph throughout. While the books ends with a sad tragic twist (one that hopefully won’t be revealed casually in blurbs and reviews), that twist provided the delicate laying-to-rest of this story that I needed. Recommended for YA audiences where frank discussions of sex, LGBTQ issues, and teen pregnancy will be appreciated.
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