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Tiphanie Yanique Virgin Island native and current New School writing professor Tiphanie Yanique turned heads with her 2014 debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, a sweeping story about three generations of a Caribbean family. Yanique is also a poet and essayist. Whatever she releases next will be well worth reading. Jacqueline Woodson Woodson moved to Brooklyn when she was seven after living in Greenville, South Carolina. Her National Book Award-winning young adult book Brown Girl...
The characters in Brooklyn native Mark Chiusano's debut collection, Marine Park: Stories, are nigh-unrecognizable in contemporary Brooklyn fiction. They are a motley cast of working-class suburbanites, variously positioned on orbits that seem to circle in a faraway place: an ex-high school basketball star turned bike-riding drug dealer, a jock-turned-banker, a retired mafioso. They are parents and children: many of the stories feature the Favero family, specifically two brothers, Lorris and Jamison, whose stories are loosely based...
WE THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE it’s time to break free of the Brooklyn-lit stereotype, and two books we love which have done just that are Mark Chiusano’s debut story collection, Marine Park, and Anya Ulinich’s graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel. Both authors take us on journeys to places not usually explored in Brooklyn lit (and, no, we don’t just mean Bensonhurst, though also, we mean Bensonhurst), thus contributing to a long tradition...

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