LLF Online Book Club

Welcome to Lambda Literary’s online book club. This book club will highlight a different lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender book each month. The books selected will be a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and buzz-worthy new releases.

We’d also love to hear your suggestions for upcoming selections or comments on the club in general. E-mail William at wjohnson@lambdaliterary.org.

This month’s selection is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson:

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreamingdelivers her first adult novel in twenty years.

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.

Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

Enjoy and remember: reading is fundamental

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Brooklyn: A Novel
By Jacqueline Woodson
Amistad
Hardcover, 9780062359988, 192 pp.
August 2016

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