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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

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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  • jill
  • oakland, CA, United States
  • 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Made zero sense

What would have made Another Brooklyn better?

It read like she started to write a novel, got bored writing and rushed the ending.

What was most disappointing about Jacqueline Woodson’s story?

Completely unmemorable. What even happened? Who were these characters? They were as substanceless as the plot.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Another Brooklyn?

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.

Any additional comments?

Write the WHOLE book, not just the start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great start to an amazing story…

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely stunning! Maya Angelou reincarnated.

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.

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Slow starter

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • DB
  • 11-16-17

Great story and performance. Minor audio glitches

Loved each moment. Powerful, poetic, musical, sad. A second of audio lost each new page? Rather annoying, but didn't take away power of story.

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Excellent narration!

Loved Robin Miles' narration. Just the right amount of pathos, never sounding forced or excessive. Appreciated her straightforward delivery, as it gave the listener room to absorb the story without distraction. I could listen to her for hours on end!

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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

The mixing of present and past was excellent. It was easy to follow. Loved it.

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  • phyncke
  • Berkeley, CA United States
  • 10-23-17

Amazing book

Just an amazing book about recollections of coming of age for girls of color on Brooklyn, NY. Beautifully written and the narration was gorgeous. Never wanted it to end!