The Women of Brewster Place

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Penguin, 1983 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The National Book Award-winning novel that launched the brilliant career of Gloria Naylor (1950-2016)

In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak-inner city sanctuary, creative a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and openhearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects - a common prison and a shared home. Adapted into a 1989 ABC miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey, The Women of Brewster Place is a contemporary classic - and a touching and unforgettable read.

"[A] shrewd and lyrical portrayal of many of the realities of black life . . . Miss Naylor bravely risks sentimentality and melodrama to write her compassion and outrage large, and she pulls it off triumphantly." -The New York Times Book Review

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

The Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor (read 16 Oct 2016) (National Book Award for First Novel in 1983) Inever heard of theis book till its author died on 28 Sep 2016 but then decided to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - chrisblocker - LibraryThing

A gorgeous novel with compelling characters and several interesting plot lines. I enjoyed most how Naylor effectively utilized symbols which could very easily have been cliche. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
55
Section 4
75
Section 5
89
Section 6
175
Section 7
191
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About the author (1983)

Gloria Naylor (1950-2016) grew up in New York City. She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983. She is also the author of Linden Hills (available from Penguin), Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, and The Men of Brewster Place.

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