The women of Brewster Place

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Penguin Books, 1988 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Once the home of poor Irish and Italian immigrants, Brewster Place, a rotting tenement on a dead-end street, now shelters black families. This novel portrays the courage, the fear, and the anguish of some of the women there who hold their families together, trying to make a home. Among them are - Mattie Michael, the matriarch who loses her son to prison; Etta Mae Johnson who tries to trade the 'high life' for marriage with a local preacher; Kiswana Browne who leaves her middle-class family to organize a tenant's union.

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User Review  - Eleanor Cowan - Goodreads

A Forever Classic! The Women of Brewster Place can be read every few decades, a favorite life-long book. At my first reading, I was a struggling single mother like Cora Lee, and her fierce motivation ... Read full review

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User Review  - Martie Nees Record - Goodreads

Brewster Place is a fictionalized urban-housing development that black people (who are, in truth, ''nutmeg,'' ''ebony,'' ''saffron,'' ''cinnamon-red'' or ''gold'') have inherited from a succession of ... Read full review


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Gloria Naylor is the author of The Women of Brewster Place, which won the National Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.