Another Brooklyn (MP3 CD)
Do not be fooled by the length of this book, it is short but powerful. It brought me right into the world of a young African-American girl and her friends in language that is both compact and lyrical. Publishers Weekly gave Another Brooklyn a well-deserved star review and said: “Woodson…combines grit and beauty in a series of stunning vignettes, painting a vivid mural of what it was like to grow up African-American in Brooklyn during the 1970s…Woodson draws on all the senses to trace the milestones in a woman’s life and how her early experiences shaped her identity.” It is a book that will stay with me for a long time.— Rene
There is a hypnotic quality to Jacqueline Woodson's beautiful novel of four girls navigating Brooklyn in the '70's. Their confidence and bravura, vulnerability and fear, their loyalty to and love for one another, all told by August, in real time and flashbacks, as she tries to find her own way through. I couldn't help thinking of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, that other great girl-coming-of-age story set in the same place in the early 20th century and touching on some of the same themes. I'm grateful to Jacqueline Woodson for this lovely and haunting story.— Sarah
August 2016 Indie Next List
“National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson has crafted a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl's coming-of-age in Brooklyn. Effortlessly weaving poetic prose, Woodson tells the story of the relationships young women form, their yearning to belong, and the bonds that are created - and broken. Brooklyn itself is a vivid character in this tale -- a place at first harsh, but one that becomes home and plays a role in each character's future. Woodson is one of the most skilled storytellers of our day, and I continue to love and devour each masterpiece she creates!”
— Nicole Yasinsky (E), The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN
Longlisted for the National Book Award
New York Times Bestseller
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.