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Jacqueline Woodson

28 January 2021

What will happen when two families from very different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy?

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone is a family portrait that transcends the bounds of time. Haunting, profound and moving, this big-hearted novel has been a huge hit with critics and readers alike.

It is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer, Melody's mother, for her own ceremony – a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Join Jacqueline, in conversation with The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett, to mark the paperback publication of this stunning novel. They’ll explore the themes that permeate the story: sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood. Jacqueline will also discuss the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives – even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an evening with the New York Times bestselling author, to celebrate this poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and its legacy.

Dates, Venues & Times
  • 28 January 2021
  • 18:30
  • Live Stream

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