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Redwood Court (Reese's Book Club)

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Redwood Court (Reese's Book Club) by DéLana R. A. Dameron
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Feb 06, 2024 | ISBN 9780593795866 | 557 Minutes

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“Dameron is a prizewinning poet and it shows: She does a beautiful job weaving in local vernacular and casting a fresh gaze on an engaging, though flawed, cast of characters. . . . This novel delivers the kind of choral experience that I have savored in books as disparate as James McBride’s The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.”—Charmaine Wilkerson, author of Black Cake, for The New York Times Book Review

Redwood Court exquisitely paints a portrait of Black Southern life, and in her debut novel, DéLana R.A. Dameron meticulously orchestrates a leading cast of characters that leap right off of the pages of this book! In this coming-of-age novel, readers get a glimpse of life through the eyes of the family’s youngest daughter. The writing is nuanced, succinct, and brilliant.”—Essence

Redwood Court is big in every way. It’s a paean, a praise-song to this family, and others like them, spreading love and goodwill and community in a society that still sorely needs love and goodwill.”—Southern Review of Books

“A blueprint for writing about complicated, nuanced people and places with dignity and grace . . . DéLana R. A. Dameron’s relentless love for Columbia, South Carolina, is palpable, and her exquisite storytelling brings us a story of lineage and legacy from unforgettable characters who grab your heart and make you laugh, weep, and hope with them, and for them.”—Renée Watson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Piecing Me Together

“A generously transportive novel, one that thoughtfully renders not only each of its characters but also the nuances of its geographies . . . The language within it echoes, feels familiar and warm. This book carried me to a joyful elsewhere.”—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America

“A beautiful exploration of a family putting down roots despite the world being against them, and choosing to love one another—the broken parts and the whole—with every breath in their lungs and every beat of their enormous, powerful hearts . . . I found this family’s story deeply moving.”—Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Hello Beautiful

“DéLana R. A. Dameron expertly weaves threads of grace, grit, and grief into a tapestry that captures the beauty of not just one particular family but family in general. This novel is a heartrending celebration of the ties that bind, and a poetic one at that.”—Christine Pride, co-author of We Are Not Like Them

Redwood Court is a beautiful and riveting novel of generational reckoning. DéLana Dameron offers with tenderness and a lyrical sensitivity, an insider’s insight into the “big love” of the abundantly rich black southern life of tribe, community, and family.”—Kwame Dawes, author of UnHistory with John Kinsella

“The lives of several generations of a southern Black family are dramatized in interconnected stories in poet Dameron’s captivating fiction debut.”Booklist

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