Review: Another Brooklyn
Seeing an old friend on the subway makes August recall when they were growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Her father moved August and her brother from Tennessee to Brooklyn when August was eight years old. It took them a little while to fit into the rhythm of the city but, once they did, August found a group of friends to call her own. While she was with her friends anything and everything felt possible and the world felt like a safe place but there was another Brooklyn out there with sexual predators and thieves.
I absolutely loved Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson! She is truly an artist with the written word. Her prose is sparse but each word is so well chosen, August’s story is told in a beautiful, lyrical fashion. Woodson expertly captures the innocence and charm of youth as well as the dark, foreboding parts of the world that can lurk around the corner.
I was so caught up with Another Brooklyn from the very start and couldn’t put it down. It’s a story that has stuck with me and I’ve thought about it a lot since I read it. I think it would make a terrific book club pick because there’s a lot to discuss in this powerful book. Believe me when I say, this is a book you don’t want to miss!