Online-Session: Red At The Bone By Jacqueline Woodson

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Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful novel uncovers the role history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of families, and in the life of a new child.
It is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance, 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.
Unfurling the history of Melody’s parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the tolls they’ve paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class, status, and parenthood, Red At The Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives – even before they have figured out who they are and what they want to be.

The discussion will take place online. You will receive a link to the virtual event location and basic instructions upon registration.

There’s no need to have read the book in order to attend!
Entrance free
Registration: programm@carl-schurz-haus.de
Language: English

Fr, 19.Jun.2020 um 18:30