Hello, everyone! I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend! I did… just very busy. (As usual these days.) It’s Sunday again already, meaning it’s time for another Standalone Sunday post!
Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!
Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970’s 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.
I read Another Brooklyn not too long ago, when I decided to try to start reading more diversely. And let me tell you, I’m so glad I read this, because this book is absolutely beautiful. Watching our main character grow from child to woman in a time and place where this could easily have gone wrong, was totally brilliant and heart-wrenching. The author did such a great job with this book, it’s definitely a must-read. Especially if you’re looking for more diverse characters or settings.
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Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!