Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Title: Another Brooklyn
Narrator: Robin Miles
Publication Info: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio, 2016
This short novel is the reminiscences of the narrator August reflecting on her childhood in 1970s Brooklyn. It’s a period piece that recreates a place and time so different from the Brooklyn of today, and very specifically the challenges of joys of being an African-American girl in that place and time. It’s also a meditation on friendship, as August recalls the tight relationships with her friends Gigi, Angela, and Sylvia, friendships that at the time seemed permanent but have long since faded away. The book is permeated with a nostalgic sense of loss, and is a poetic rumination of the more complex themes underlying everyday childhood.
Recommended books: Sula by Toni Morrison and The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem