The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place

Paperback - 1983
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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
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1983.
ISBN: 9780140066906
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 20 cm.


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An award-winning author. Naylor burst into the spotlight when this debut novel was adapted into a miniseries produced by Oprah Winfrey. She died on September 28 at age 66.

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Feb 22, 2017

Wonderful writing!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

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 cliché.

Dec 11, 2010

1983 National Book Award - Fiction


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystalize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand days. It is silent and elusive, refusing to be damned and dripped out day by day; it swirls through the mind while an entire lifetime can ride like foam on the deceptive, transparent waves and get sprayed onto the conciousness at ragged, unexpected intervals.


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