Until now, I had not embraced how the novel format has evolved to become so spare I read this book rapidly in three separate sittings The brevity of the text allows the reader to skate through the story Nonetheless, here we are, in a time when short bursts of narrative are spun to be perceived as epic as a full length novel The Brooklyn setting is engaging and all too familiar The language is often lyrical and full of recurring imagery that enhances the voice of the author I was stopped, though, by such sadness and tragedy that was juxtaposed against the complete absence of tears The characters, especially the four girls, blur together to become one entity the voice and soul of a homily And as anyone knows, a homily is far powerful as an oral tradition, as word that is meant to be spoken but not read as a book. A Finalistfor The National Book AwardNew York Times Bestseller A SeattleTimes Pick For Summer Reading Roundup A Bustle Fall Roundup Pick For The Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling And National Book Awardwinning Author Of Brown Girl Dreaming Delivers Her First Adult Novel In Twenty YearsRunning Into A Long Ago Friend Sets Memory From The S In Motion For August, Transporting Her To A Time And A Place Where Friendship Was Everythinguntil It Wasnt 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, Brillianta Part Of A Future That Belonged To ThemBut 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 Like Louise Meriwethers Daddy Was A Number Runner And Dorothy Allisons Bastard Out Of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodsons Another Brooklyn Heartbreakingly Illuminates The Formative Time When Childhood Gives Way To Adulthoodthe Promise And Peril Of Growing Upand Exquisitely Renders A Powerful, Indelible, And Fleeting Friendship That United Four Young Lives This book is probably one to re read soon I just browsed its early pages to find a name I had forgotten, and there at the beginning lies part of the ending Woodson moves back and forth in time in this story, so hints at the beginning don t come to fruition until the end You re just entering the story, relaxing into something new, and those events fade This story is told by August, a young black girl who, with her younger brother, were taken back to Brooklyn by her father, the Brooklyn that he knows Home had been their SweetGrove land near a river in Tennessee And August s mother isn t coming It s a story that s wrapped in sorrow through missing their mother and home, August and her three friends growing up Girl in this part of Brooklyn, girls to recognize as such an important part of our own growing up, but that her mother had told her not to trust It s also a story that threads other cultures ways of death and dying and memory There are hints of life there, life not everyone wants to know, but also survival, and one wonders why certain ones do survive, and another does not For adults and older teens.A favorite quote Everywhere we looked, we saw the people trying to dream themselves out As though there was someplace other than this place As though there was 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.My Thoughts In the narrative voice of a young woman named August, we follow her journey back to Sweet Grove, Tennessee, and forward to Brooklyn in the 1970s.Memories and moments that seem to come in flashbacks are snippets out of time, revealing nostalgia and loss A death, a missing mother, friendships that seem forever but then are not all of it is seen from the character s adult perspective.Sometimes flashes come that signal fantasy, not reality And then reality slams into her with all of its dangerous brutality.Dead bodies are discovered nearby drug addicts hide in the hallways and children disappear when white women come for them.Another Brooklyn A Novelis a panoramic view of a time, of dreams, and of how reality can turn grim or hopeful It snaps a portrait of growing up Girl in times that were a changing 4 stars. Powerful story Exquisite prose This short book by Jacqueline Woodson will grab you with the first sentence For a long time, my mother wasn t dead yet , squeeze your heart tight and not let go If I could give it 10 stars I would.This is the story of August, a black girl who has moved from SweetGrove,Tennessee to the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn with her father and little brother in the early 70s This is the story of August and her three best friends This is the story of how those girls grow up on the streets, living on the edge of poverty and either make it or not in the world This is the story of a dangerous place, but one also filled with hope and courage This is a story of grief This is a story of love.Read it. I have not been this excited about an author since I first discovered Irvine Welsh She writes like Charles Bukowski would have if he had never drank, gotten a PhD and was a strong, black woman In an unprecedented move I bought another JW piece after reading the first page of this novel It s about time I have a sister in my queue of authors for whom I must read everything they ve written My biggest fear in life besides losing my children is that I will die before I get a chance to finish all my stories.