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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed New York Times best-selling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in 20 years.
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.
©2016 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Robin] Miles's rich voice embraces dialects, accents, and moods as August's thoughts float back and forth in time.... Miles illuminates the novel's themes, celebrating Woodson's lines as if they were fine jazz improvisations." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By jill on 09-19-16

Wonderful character development

I didn't want this story to end. So well written and performed. I felt an attachment to each of the characters and would love to know where they are today.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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