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Sophie's Choice William Styron
So this book might not spring to mind as light summer reading fare, and of course, it's absolutely not light summer reading fare, but who needs more light in the summertime? Do you want to go blind or something? Also, Styron is not necessarily thought of as a Brooklyn writer, but he absolutely did live in Brooklyn, in Flatbush, in a house very similar to the one in which his fictional alter ego Stingo resides. Beyond what most people know this book to be about, Sophie's Choice also has an amazing opening which exposes what it was like to work in publishing in NYC in the 1940s (spoiler: unrewarding work for not much pay) and also has some amazing scenes set in Coney Island, that part of Brooklyn that still retains its "popcorn, candy apple, and sauerkraut fragrance" so many years later.