Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Another Brooklyn

For the past several months I've seen pictures and reviews of Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson's first adult novel in twenty years, and an author whose name I recognize from her more recently published Brown Girl Dreaming, which received a Newbery Honor.

Another Brooklyn is a slim novel, which should be no surprise after reflecting on the fact that Brown Girl Dreaming is a novel in verse. Woodson is master of careful wording and saying a great deal in few words.  

When August runs into a friend from long ago, she recalls her childhood of the 1970s - her girlfriends and their time together, the scary parts of life in a city, the mother she has not seen since she was a young girl, her father's girlfriends, and her younger brother and their relationship.

This is a coming of age story beautifully written.  

Although classified as an adult novel, mature teen readers may also enjoy it, and Woodson's gift with words is evident again in this novel.

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