The Women of Brewster Place
In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak inner-city sanctuary, creating a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and open-hearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protect...more
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The first story contained no less than ten clichés. And every story after that had something that I could see coming from pages away. I was literally thinking, please don't let this play out the way I think it's going to play out. And it always did.
I have never been, nor will I ever be, on the men-ain't-shit bandwagon. Ne ...more
They came together, propositioned, bargained, and slowly worked out the consummation of their respective desires.
Naylor’s construction of Brewster Place’s beginnings seems like a plaintive evocation of a story that already lives in the crevices of a bygone past. Or the tale of someone who has lived their years and finally taken respite to talk of their unholy beginning that was marked for a cramped existence in this world. They gradually established their space and mellowed into an old age. Gra ...more
In The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor invites her readership to take a look around the neighbourhood of Brewster Place in which mostly poor Black families are situated. By tracing the lives of seven different Black women back to their origin, Glor ...more
The Women of Brewster Place is absolutely phenomenal!
Of course it's phenomenal because Gloria Naylor wrote it and her writing is nothing short of amazing. This is an absolutely perfect read for me. I didn't rush through it because I wanted to enjoy it. When I grow up, I want to write like Gloria. Her stories are enthralling. Her writing style is so figurative and spot on your mind immediately has these vivid images of who these characters are how they flow w ...more
Exploring the nature of relationships between friends:
Sometimes being a friend means master...more
Really good books create a world that you live in for a while and then never forget. This is a really good book. Each story in this collection focuses on a particular woman, but expertly woven together, they make a wo ...more
“Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystallize 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.”
The Women of Brewster Place is such a powerful collection of stories about the lives of inner city black women and the community they form in this haven that it’s a must read for everyone. Each woman is strong and clearly defined as an in ...more
Also, it was very feminist. I'm not big, as Morrison says ...more
There is a key scene in this novel when a woman loses her child and is cleansed and comforted by an older woman the morning of the baby's funeral. It was one of those poignant and lucid pieces of writing one remembers forever.
There's a raw, almost amateurish feel to this novel ...more
Y'all this novel/collection of intertwined short stories blew me away. It wasn't so much the stories themselves (although I enjoyed them- the last story nearly took me out even though I saw it coming), but the way they were written. MY GOODNESS! I hope to revisit it again and again.
Some of the stories were a little predictable, but not in a bad way. This was Gloria Naylor's first novel and I was definitely impressed and plan to check out more of her work.
He was right. It is a massively sad novel.
The Women of Brewster Place is about what the title ...more
Gloria Naylor is simply a genius with her writing. She took me places I wasn’t quite expecting to go. Especially with the story, The Two. Man! It’s hard for me to sit still and read a book for long periods of time but Ms. Naylor took over my entire Sunday.
I also appreciated how the characters from each story i ...more
“Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystallize at any given moment at ...more
Even if the characters and their plots had been subpar, the prose is beautiful and evocative. And each interwoven story is its own sparkling gem. I felt for Mattie, who puts everything into raising her only child. For Etta, whose covert desperation is matched only by the bond she shares with Mattie. Fo ...more
It is difficult to imagine this is a first novel, as Ms Naylor has written a story that is happy, sad, poignant, moving, disturbing and thought provoking. The characters feel very real and one can empathise with them all: even the nasty ones to an extent.
The protagonists live in a run down apartment block in a dead end street, cut off from the nicer parts of town by an enormous wall ...more
It's a little odd to me how basi ...more
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Naylor won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983 for The Women of Brewster Place. Her subsequent novels included Linden Hills, Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe. In addition to her novels, Naylor wrote essays and screenplays, as well as the stag ...more