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Another Brooklyn Audiobook

Another Brooklyn: A Novel

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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

What the Critics Say

"[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
    jill oakland, CA, United States 09-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amelyah 02-21-17
    Amelyah 02-21-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Emily 02-06-17
    Emily 02-06-17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 08-19-16
    Regina 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Terri Haymaker 05-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story. Too short"

    Good Story. Good mix of depth and surface description. Wish the book were longer to spend more time with characters.

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    AJ in Denver 03-30-17 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 03-11-17
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    "Nothing stellar here"

    More of a linear ho hum retelling. Nothing surprising. Didn't leave me feeling inspired. Disappointed.

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    Ain 02-04-17
    Ain 02-04-17
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    "such a beautiful and heavy story. "

    wow. I became attached to the characters. Wanted them to be happy and joyous.

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    terry l nolen 10-13-16
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    "Nice"

    Very well written. Ther narrator was very good. However, wished the story was much longer.

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    Ignatius 03-16-17
    Ignatius 03-16-17
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    "Horatio Alger, but with drugs and in Brooklyn"
    Would you try another book from Jacqueline Woodson and/or Robin Miles?

    The reader -- yes. The author -- no.


    What was most disappointing about Jacqueline Woodson’s story?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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