Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award

New York Times Bestseller

A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062359988
0062359983
Branch Call Number: WOODSON
Characteristics: 175 pages ; 22 cm

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"August is 35 the year she returns to Brooklyn to bury her father, and a chance encounter with a friend in her old neighborhood prompts a flood of memories from her youth. Having moved to Brooklyn at eight, August's coming of age was marked by a search for belonging, close friendships, freed... Read More »


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MillieBT
Jan 03, 2021

A moving story

lhilke Sep 02, 2020

This is a beautifully written coming of age story. I may buy a copy so I can read it again and again. The story is told in short paragraphs as the narrator grows from a young girl to a youg woman and deals with life around her in Brooklyn as a young black girl dealing with adult issues and missing her mother.

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emills91
Nov 26, 2019

Read before Redeployment

JCLBeckyC Apr 16, 2019

Woodson, a masterful storyteller specializing in the bonds between girls on the cusp of womanhood, shows an adult perspective in this novel. August, a mid-thirties-aged woman, visits her childhood neighborhood in Brooklyn after her father's funeral. There, her memories are triggered, causing her to reflect on the time in her life when she and her little brother are moved from Tennessee--away from their mentally ill mother--to Brooklyn to live with their strict, religious father. As a tween, August connects with "her girls" in the neighborhood, but over time they begin to grow up, and grow apart. This is a poetic book, a beautifully written work of art, but I'm left feeling melancholy instead of uplifted like I usually am after finishing a Jacqueline Woodson novel.

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LucasHill
Jul 15, 2018

"[T]he deep love...for my friends, the startling joy and fear of first loves, the will's intensity to survive, and the slow-motion ferocity of the end of childhood."

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Aquanblue
Mar 29, 2018

A great coming of age book. Every girl should read this book and experience the stories of these girls' friendship. Especially in this age when mothers and daughters don't always talk about "everything"

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KingOscarOne
Mar 03, 2018

This reads like notes for a work the author never got around to completing. Generic, faceless characters and inarticulately summarized experiences seem to be waiting for real work and attention. It looks like many critics gave Woodson a pass, as if lack of detail and coherence add up to a “haunting” style.

ArapahoeStaff26 Feb 14, 2018

A moving, beautifully written book. Starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal.

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MelissaBee
Jan 31, 2018

" I know now that what is tragic isn't the moment. It is the memory."

Reading "Another Brooklyn" has that fleeting quality of wonder, concern, and intimacy, you might feel when protectively holding a stunned bird in your cupped hands as its heart beats wildly, reverberating throughout your whole body, before it bursts into flight and freedom, leaving you a breathless observer of a brief moment in time.

This lyrical novella will appeal to a reader who loves experiencing a book as more than a story, as its writing is poetic and reflective, a meditation almost. Indeed, some may find the book frustrating as it only offers a brief, free-form, glimpse into the tender and immediate thoughts of a young woman of color and her friends as they navigate the world of "girl" in 1970s Bushwick.

I found the book to be quite affecting, leaving me with a sense of gratitude for such an intimate portrait of becoming a woman, forged somewhere between the crush of the world and the embrace of those who love you. The tragedy may indeed be in the memory, not the moment, but so is the healing as we look back and come to understand ourselves more fully through our own stories, our own words.

A story about mothers, loss, memory, and growing up. The novel's language is poetic as is the style. Some chapters dance around, touching on different bits and pieces of the story. Eventually those bits and pieces come together to form a whole picture. At times it was difficult to follow, and as a reader I tend to prefer more linear stories. Still this story was almost musical, and very real.

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4 girls pre to early teenager "hood" are close friends in Brooklyn

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