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
"[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)
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.
I fell in love with the characters and the storyline. The narrator was amazing but the story felt unfinished and left too many questions unanswered. I felt this story had just really got started when it finished.
From the first paragraphs this book took my breath away! The narrator really brought to the fore the beautiful, poetic language, writing that I really haven't found since I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The story itself is sweet, sad, so real and yet beautified, bedazzled with vivid language. I'm sad it was so short, I could've kept listening forever.
I heard about this book from the Fresh Air podcast. I was quite excited to listen to it. It started a little slow. I had to relisten to the first chapter a few times. Once it got going it was pretty good.
It's a quick listen. I would recommend it.
It read like she started to write a novel, got bored writing and rushed the ending.
Completely unmemorable. What even happened? Who were these characters? They were as substanceless as the plot.
I wouldn't say cut, I would say add. Like the whole second half of the book was ... missing. I actually backtracked three times thinking my iPod accidentally jumped chapters. Then I thought -- maybe I bought the abridged version by accident? But sadly neither was the case. So bad.
Write the WHOLE book, not just the start.
The reader -- yes. The author -- no.
Dull and uninspired. Nothing unique about this story. It's a self-affirmation diary of someone who overcame a difficult childhood to move on to bigger and better things. Others around her were awash with bad decisions but somehow she never did anything wrong. It all felt airbrushed and derivative -- Horatio Alger, but with the music and politics of the 60s and 70s.
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