The women of Brewster Place

Front Cover
Penguin Books, 1988 - Fiction - 192 pages
17 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Women of Brewster Place

User Review  - Kelsey Hanson - Goodreads

This book is pretty short, but it manages to cover a wide variety of social justice topics in a way that is brutal and heartwarming by turns. This book shows the plight that African-American women ... Read full review

Review: The Women of Brewster Place

User Review  - Shayne - Goodreads

My purpose for reading this book was to see how the book differed from the movie. I'm glad I decided to give it a try. The book is always better. I absolutely found myself unable to put this book down ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1988)

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