True warriors are people who refuse to give up. Authors such as Gloria Naylor do a great job at depicting true warriors. In The Women of Brewster Place, a novel written by Gloria Naylor, the author does an outstanding job of depicting the hardships African-American women have to everyday. Gloria Naylor’s usage of imagery and way with words draws her readers closer to the page. This novel consist of several different, but similar stories of young black women who live day by day struggling to make their lives better. One particular character that is recognized is Mattie Michael. Mattie Michael, one of the most important characters of the novel, underwent many hardships starting from her son leaving her to having to losing her home. Gloria Naylor uses Mattie Michael as an example of strength because she is a person that is trying to survive, even through the challenging times. I would recommend this book to those of you who want to hear of a time where a story didn’t begin with a “Once upon a time” and a happy “The End”.