Literary YA legend, Jacqueline Woodson, was in the Bay Area recently to promote her latest book. RED AT THE BONE is one of only very few adult fiction works that Woodson has produced and it's proving to be a successful venture as the novel has been met with great critical acclaim. The contemporary story, told from several perspectives, evolves around two multi-generational middle class black households in Brooklyn confronted with a life-changing crisis when a teen daughter becomes pregnant.
At the heart of this novel is family in general, and mother-daughter relationships specifically. It is as poignant as it is powerful and engaging. It's a quick read, but you'll want to savor every word.
While in the Bay Area, Woodson was hosted at Book Passage for a well-attended afternoon event that included her reading from RED AT THE BONE, and an extensive and entertaining "in conversation" with BP moderator and Diversity & Inclusion committee chairwoman, Paula Farmer. Included in the audience and pictured here were members of the newly formed Well-Read Black Girl book club (Corte Madera).