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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Excellent story telling. - Goodreads
I hated the violent ending! - Goodreads
This is a great book, with the exception of the ending. - Goodreads
There wasn't enough character development. - Goodreads
Really loved some of the author's language and imagery. - Goodreads
Gloria Naylor's prose is like poetry. - Goodreads

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I read this for book group. This kind of reminds me of The Women, where men play a minor role. The stories of the different women were sad for the most part, although interesting to see how certain ... 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.