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Jacqueline Woodson

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book cover of Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

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
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.