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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.
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.
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By Kaui on 11-23-17
short exploration into growing up in Brooklyn
I started this book in January 2017 aborted and re-started it in November of the same year. I was able to finish it in a day - I am puzzled as to why I didn't stick with it in January. The book is short and describes "Another Brooklyn" where women are subjected to violence - possibly murder - but they are able to access deep bonds with each other that can sometimes surmount the challenges of growing up an African-American female in Brooklyn. I am an Asian-American female who appreciated the feminist tone of the book, but ultimately I didn't find the story arc compelling. The protagonist is back for her father's funeral and she runs into an estranged BFF from long ago, which launches the protagonist into a reverie about her childhood BFFs and the experiences that pushed them apart. I think the exploration was carefully done, but I didn't find the ending satisfying. I found the protagonist unable to find closure, despite her incredible capacity for introspection. Perhaps I am too literal of a person and the closure escaped me - that is entirely possible. With so many great books to choose from, I found this one to be average.
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