Another Brooklyn (Hardcover)

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The 2014 winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature delivers her first adult novel in twenty years. Drawing on her past, shared with us in her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson transports the reader to Another Brooklyn. The Brooklyn of the 1970s, before hipsters and gentrification, when revolution and desperation was in the air. Four adolescent girls ban together in their friendship to protect each other from an unsympathetic world. Together they are beautiful and strong and nothing can touch them. But they can’t stay together forever and as they seek their way out, the spell protecting them is broken. This deceptively slim volume contains a powerful story. As a poet, Ms. Woodson has crafted Another Brooklyn so that each word and sentence is weighted and balanced so as to convey the wilderness that is girlhood.

— From Lyn

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A Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award

New York Times Bestseller

A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017

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.

About the Author


Jacqueline Woodson was awarded Newbery honors for her books Feathers and Show Way and was a National Book Award finalist for her books Hush and Locomotion; the latter also received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as did her books I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This and From the Notebooks Of Melanin Sun. Miracle's Boys won the Coretta Scott King Award.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062359988
ISBN-10: 0062359983
Publisher: Amistad Press
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English