Author event with Jacqueline Woodson
Thu, Oct 10 6:30 pm
Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Jacqueline Woodson as she discusses and signs Red at the Bone. Red at the Bone centers around two families in Brooklyn from different social classes joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, Woodson unfurls the history of each generation to show how they all arrived at this moment and uncovers the role that history, racism, and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families. With her gift for language that reads “more like prose poetry” (New York Times Book Review) and packs the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Woodson explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood. Most strikingly, Red at the Bone looks at 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.