Autobiography of a Family Photo

Autobiography of a Family Photo

by Jacqueline Woodson


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In her first adult novel, Woodson--already acclaimed in both the African-American and lesbian and gay worlds for her award-winning short fiction--paints a moving portrait of childhood, family, and community that takes into account both the destruction wrought by war and the darker sides of emotional and sexual tension.

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ISBN-13: 9780525937210
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1995
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

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.

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"The girl's voice will open your heart, show you something you need to see....look closely. This is a photo of great beauty, great heart, greater love." -- Author of 'Bastard Out of Carolina'

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Jacqueline Woodson's novel is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story. She tells her tale in short chapters, each representing a photograph that triggers the narrator to relate what was happening at that point in time: her older, effeminate brother Troy leaving home to fight in Vietnam; falling in love for the very first time with a neighbor girl; the birth of her younger brother who is half white, half black. With each successive photo, she begins to reveal the slow disintegration of her family and how, instead of allowing those pitfalls to stand in her way, she stubbornly presses on, questioning the way the world works and discovering her own identity as a brave young teenager.