Another Brooklyn

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful 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 world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion. (from GoodReads)

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Audiobooks are quickly becoming a favorite; not as good as actually holding a book, of course, but infinitely better than hours of not being able to read while I commute to school and walk my dog. Safety first! 😉

Another Brooklyn was a quick read and I loved every minute of it. A deceptively simple novel, it was equal parts rambling and sweet, and sharp and heart-wrenching.

I kept having to remind myself that this was fiction; it felt real. This is what I love about books — I have the ability to time travel, to be and be around anyone and everyone. Even though my life experiences have little in common with August, I could almost see, taste, hear, and touch what she did between each phrase the narrator spoke.

This is my first foray into Jacqueline Woodson and I will definitely go back for more!

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