Summer is here, time to start building that Summer ’19 reading list from black authors. Noe don’t worry we’re working on that for you but for now on The Feat we’re featuring one of our faves from last year’s list, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.
Woodson is an award-winning young-adult author but Another Brooklyn was her first book for adults in over a decade and is a haunting tale of girls growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the 1970’s. A place that has two sides, one, sunny and hopeful where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, and brilliant. But beneath that 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 place where madness was just a sunset away.”
The story starts with August, an adult anthropologist, returning to New York for her father’s funeral . On the subway, she encounters an old friend, and begins to reminisce. She remembers being an 8 year old girl moving to Brooklyn from Tennessee. The book then follows August through her teenage years revolving around her friendships with three other Brooklynites, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi, as they walk through the neighborhoods and dream optimistically of the future, and revealing what it held in store for them. August and her friends also face dangers on the streets, and family strife of various types including that dark side of Brooklyn.
Another Brooklyn was a New York Times best-seller and was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016. It is a unique tale written in lyrical prose befitting a book set in one of the founding boroughs of hip-hop by a talented creator for The Culture and is a book we can highly recommend you check out.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord