The women of Brewster Place

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Penguin Books, 1988 - Fiction - 192 pages
30 Reviews
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  - Laura - Goodreads

This is a great book, with the exception of the ending. It was anti-climactic, and it didn't provide any closure for the reader. I understand that the author was being symbolic, but the effect was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Danielle Franco-Malone - Goodreads

I seriously loved this book of interconnected short stories about women whose lives eventually bring them to the same low income housing development. One of the best books about race I've read ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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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.