Jacqueline Woodson's writing begs to be simultaneously devoured and savored. She portrays 1970's Brooklyn as both gritty and ethereal, a place where a group of four friends tenderly make their way towards womanhood as they pull against the expectations of their surroundings. The girls deal heartbreakingly with loss, growth, betrayal and the power of memory in this masterful work.— Kelly
National Book Award Finalist
NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
29th Lambda Literary Awards Finalist
NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work
An NPR Best Book of 2016
Buzzfeed's pick for Best Fiction of 2016
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award--winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory 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.