Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Amistad (August 9, 2016)
Running into a long-ago friend sets memories 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.
This is a coming of age story set in Brooklyn that will leave you wanting more. I love how the author wrote it in short paragraphs. It makes it easy to enjoy bit by bit or all at once.
The book takes you to the “normal” Brooklyn, but also to the underbelly of Brooklyn during the 70’s. Some of the writing is very touching, some of it is emotional to read. This book will stay with your for a long time.
It only takes a few hours to read, but it leaves a big impression on you.
Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children, including the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.