Another Brooklyn

Finalist, National Book Awards 2016 for Fiction

Another Brooklyn book cover, 2016
ISBN 9780062359988
Jacqueline Woodson author photo, Photo credit: Juna F. Nagle, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. More about this author >

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For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything.
August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away.

Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood—when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up. In prose exquisite and lyrical, sensuous and tender, Woodson breathes life into memories, portraying an indelible friendship that united young lives.

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Another Brooklyn is a lyrical beauty, inspiring revelation and surprise with each line as it ensnares the reader in tension and suspense. Adolescent August’s memory-bound Brooklyn leads us to the forgotten and displaced: the poor, the abused, the voiceless, and the dead. The narrative embraces the universal story—ordinary people doing their best to live through and understand the common ailments of human life: grief, neglect, loneliness, and love. In this way, Jacqueline Woodson sings of all humanity.


Jacqueline Woodson reads from Another Brooklyn, 2016 NBAs Finalists Reading