An anthropologist looks back on her past to understand the death of her mother and the loss of her closest friends. Another Brooklyn is a novel about love and memory. And of course, about Brooklyn.
Where it takes place:
The Bushwick section of Brooklyn and in the fictional town of Sweet Grove, Tennessee.
Where I wrote it:
Park Slope Brooklyn and Paris, France.
Why I wrote it:
This book is three-tiered. It’s poetry, nonfiction and fiction. When I saw how the Bushwick of my childhood was becoming a hipster neighborhood that was often referred to as ‘newly discovered’, I knew I wanted to put the Bushwick of the 70s and 80s on the page – so that it wouldn’t be forgotten. No place is discovered. Many places are ‘Columbused’.
I also wanted to see if I could combine many genres in one book. Hence, the very minimalist and intentional language and white space – the poetry. The story of Sylvia, August, Gigi, and Angela – the fiction.
- Over the Rainbow Project book list 2017
- Dublin Literary Award 2018 Longlist