The women of Brewster Place

by Gloria Naylor

Paper Book, 1982


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New York : Penguin Books, 1983, c1982.


The stories of seven Black women living in an urban ghetto evoke the energy, brutality, compassion, and desolation of modern Black America.

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The Women of Brewster Place is, in one word, beautiful.

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LibraryThing member mpar319
This book was a very good book. I would recommend it for anyone to read. I loved how detailed the book was in its description of each character. It was so well descripted that I felt as if I knew each person in the book. The book is also very interesting it is very hard to put down the book in certain spots. All of the women described in the book are completely different, but they all live in the same area. I think by changing the focus of the character causes the reader to never be bored. But at the same time for some of the characters I wanted to know more about them and what happened to them.… (more)
LibraryThing member tzelman
Painful, eloquent, strongly anti-male. The difficulties of women living on a NYC slum street.
LibraryThing member whitewavedarling
I don't believe this stands up to the quality of the counter collection, The Men of Brewster Place, but nevertheless it is an engaging puzzle of women who all live in the same area. The variety of stories and voices here make this a quick and thoughtful read which I'd recommend to anyone, either as a somewhat broken novel or as a wonderfully woven together collection of short stories. It is something to enjoy and treasure.… (more)
LibraryThing member g33kgrrl
This book tells the story of various female inhabitants of a specific housing area, after it had turned into housing for African Americans. The chapters are chronological, so the reader is taken along in time, and you see how the street evolves over time.

This was good, and I enjoyed reading it, but to some extent I do think it showed its age - especially in the last chapter, which made me a bit uncomfortable thematically and very uncomfortable in the somewhat graphic description of sexual violence.… (more)
LibraryThing member chrisblocker
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.
LibraryThing member Beth.Clarke
One of the best short story collections I'v read. Each woman's story unfolds with vivid images while they persevere through their challenges. Exceptional writing. The characterization along with the imagery made each story extraordinary.
LibraryThing member barrettlucero
Naylor gathers you up and brings you full force into this group of women, learning from them, loving with them, and mourning with them. And it's in turns wonderful and terrible. A good read to see a master of character and place, but also very important in terms of the effects of systemic racism in America.
LibraryThing member Schmerguls
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 it. It is a gritty account of slum life in a street called Brewster Place. Not much good happens there, though the main character. Mattie Michael is an appealing character and strives to hlep her family and friends. But there are jarring descriptions of a baby being bitten by a rat and similar events of urban slum life, including a almost unreadable account of a woman being raped multiple times. I found it a depressing book to read, though the writing is very vivid and gut -wrenching. And the end of the book is dreary and non-inspirimg.… (more)


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192 p.; 20 cm


014006690X / 9780140066906

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