A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017
A Bustle Fall Roundup pick for 2017
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn (Harper/Amistad), which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.
Another Brooklyn 4.4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Another Brooklyn is such a unique book. The style that Jacqueline Woodson uses while telling the story of Gigi, Angela, August, and Sylvia is not the typical book format. There are flashbacks to the life that was and how they became who they are today.
This book is told from the perspective of a young black girl growing up in Brooklyn. There are horrors that no young girl should have to know about much less deal with that is in the everyday life of these girls. The loss of a mother, the murders of white women, and the drugs are just a few that stuck with me. One thing I did like is the parents. Most of the adults in this book are responsible and take care of their children. The parents treat the girls like the ages that they are, keeping them inside when it is not safe, guiding them to become successful by going to school, and checking out who their friends are.
While this is not my usual type of read it was interesting to get a glimpse into the lives of those living in Brooklyn, NY during the 1970’s. It is a place I have never visited yet I could see the fire hydrants spraying water in the heat, the apartments with the windows cracked and people sitting at them, and I could picture the people walking the sidewalks looking up at the different apartments. The descriptions were realistic making it easy to get pulled into the story. I would recommend picking up your own copy
More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down
More than 1 year ago
Short vignettes out of the life of August as she adjusts to moving to Brooklyn from Tennessee. She tells of herself and her three friends as they grow up and grow apart.
I am not sure what I feel about this book. It is an interesting writing style. I liked the short vignette style but do not feel I got the whole tale of what was happening. I was glad I read this for book club as I had questions on how life turned out for some of the girls.
I will read more of her
More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this novel was written. The story felt complete yet so few words were used to tell it. Short prose paragraphs made up each page, sometimes using just one or two sentences. It takes a master to do this, to orchestrate it so beautifully, meticulously picking out the precise words, being careful not to leave anything out, and creating a picture that the reader is drawn to. My emotions were swept away as August deals with the death of her father and the memories of her childhood. As a child, she yearned for the world outside her window but her father locked her and her brother inside their apartment telling them that the world was not as safe as it seemed. The few short years that she spent with her mother, her mother’s harsh words about women have cast a dark shadow on August and female relationships yet what she witnesses out her window, have her thinking that perhaps her mother might have been wrong. And now, where has her childhood left her? Her brother’s words remind her of where she is at but it is still her choice with what she does with her life. It was an emotional read, not one that I cried with or one where I sat at the edge of my seat but a novel where the emotions were felt throughout my whole body. I believe the story was a simple one, but it had a great impact.
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