ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson: A Review

The thing that made me check this book out from the library was that Ann Patchett recommended it on the cover blurb.  It is a 2016 publication, and I had never read Woodson before.  Set in Brooklyn during the 1970’s “where friendship was everything,” this coming of age novel features August, Sylvia, Angela and Gi Gi. Yes, it is a coming-of-age novel, but the way it is written makes it much more. Brooklyn, itself is a character, “…a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways.”

Sometimes the writing is like reading poetry, and this “gifted novelist,” a very young writer, is better known for Brown Girl Dreaming, a 2014 National Book Award winner. Woodson was also named “Young People’s Poet Laureate” by the Poetry Foundation, and her writing has been deemed “of literary quality.”  

Not only was Another Brooklyn a darned good story and a literary experience to read it, 1970’s Brooklyn is depicted accurately, yet sympathetically. After I read the book, I felt like I had been there.