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‘Red at the Bone' dazzling novel about family, race

8 monthes ago   |   By Boston Herald

BOOK REVIEW
“RED AT THE BONE”
By Jacqueline Woodson

Grade: A
Jacqueline Woodson begins her dazzling new novel, “Red at the Bone,” with an afterthought, in the middle of things, and breaking all the rules of grammar by starting with a “but”: “But that afternoon there was an orchestra playing.” With that sentence, readers are thrust into the midst of a coming-of-age ceremony for a 16-year-old girl named Melody in her grandparents' beautiful old brownstone in Brooklyn, New York.
Earlier that day, her mother, Iris, told her some disturbing information - that when she got pregnant with her at...
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