Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

Large Print - 2016
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When August, an anthropologist who has studied the funeral traditions of different cultures, revisits her old neighborhood after her father's death, her reunion with a brother and a chance encounter with an old friend bring back a flood of childhood memories. Flashbacks depict the isolation she felt moving from rural Tennessee to New York and show how her later years were influenced by the black power movement, nearby street violence, her father's religious conversion, and her mother's haunting absence. August's memories of her Brooklyn companions--a tightly knit group of neighborhood girls--are memorable and profound. There's dancer Angela, who keeps her home life a carefully guarded secret; beautiful Gigi, who loses her innocence too young; and Sylvia, "diamonded over, brilliant," whose strict father wants her to study law. With dreams as varied as their conflicts, the young women confront dangers lurking on the streets, discover first love, and pave paths that will eventually lead them in different directions
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410494603
1410494608
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT FIC Woodson, J 2016
Characteristics: Large print
243 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Einer2
Sep 10, 2017

I'm always drawn to books that take place in Brooklyn and this one did not disappoint. It was beautifully written. Should be a must read for young women and men.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 12, 2017

This is a beautiful book. August and her three closest friends grow up in a vibrant Brooklyn, but there is also the other Brooklyn with criminal activity, teenage pregnancies, abusive parents, troubled veterans, and assault. August’s father tries to shield her and her brother from this, by not letting them out of the apartment. Of course, eventually they have to venture out in the world. This is a beautiful, lyrical book. My only complaint is that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the time jumps.

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Starpoem
Jun 26, 2017

What I liked: This was a quick read, and it was very poetically written. It was dream-like and impressionistic.

What I disliked: The main character did not seem to change over the course of the book--she started out sad, she ended up still sad, and she seemed determined to stay sad. The supporting characters lacked dimension and therefore seemed unrealistic.

If you are looking for a book about childhood friendships and loss, I recommend The False Friend by Myla Goldberg over Another Brooklyn.

Miranda_Ericsson May 26, 2017

I was pulled into this story immediately, and it was hard to put it down. Poetic, highly sensory writing. It transported me to 70s Brooklyn, but also felt true to my experience of growing up girl in another time and place. 4 stars instead of 5 because I wanted it to dig deeper--I finished the book with unanswered questions and didn't get a good feeling of closure.

MsDouglas_O Apr 13, 2017

This book was a great read. J. Woodson has a way of telling you a story and keeping you engaged. Loved it.

hershyd Feb 28, 2017

I liked the way this story was told ... it felt so real.

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JILLYJELLY
Feb 02, 2017

Meh...I really don't understand why everyone raved about this book. It was okay--nothing great IMO.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 14, 2017

I have not been this excited about an author since I first discovered Irvine Welsh. She writes like Charles Bukowski would have if he had never drank, gotten a PhD and was a strong, black woman. In an unprecedented move I bought another JW piece after reading the first page of this novel. It's about time I have a sister in my queue of authors for whom I must read everything they've written. My biggest fear in life besides losing my children is that I will die before I get a chance to finish all my stories.

ABIGAIL FALCK Jan 11, 2017

I love reading prose written by poets, and Another Brooklyn didn't disappoint. This was the most beautifully-written book I read in 2016, and anyone who enjoys lyrical prose should pick it up. It also brought me to tears more than once, as Woodson's narrator considers those events which are too painful to forget, and those that are too painful to remember.

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njon38
Dec 30, 2016

Another great pick for book club. Writing is excellent, story compelling, an melancholy tale of friendship during adolescence in 1970s Brooklyn.

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