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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Beautiful prose & it kept me thinking long after I'd put it down. The book would have felt more well-rounded if it had more than one male character who wasn't a total ass. I hope this is not the author's (or anyone's) actual experience with men. Read full review

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This is like Kieslowski's "Decalogue" but with American black women. You have here the tale of a single community-- a housing project in the late 1970s-- told through the stories of seven dramatically ... 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.