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The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

The Women of Brewster Place (1982)

by Gloria Naylor

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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. ( )
  Schmerguls | Oct 16, 2016 |
got this in the mail. a friend had got it for me from paperbackswap.com
I thought it would have been a thicker book
I read it in one sitting
I have seen the movie to this book ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 1, 2016 |
This book is a series of seven interconnected stories, all focusing on a run down housing development called Brewster Place in an unnamed city. The buildings are old and press up against an unnatural wall that was put in after the city developed the major road next to the buildings. The wall isolates the complex, but also protects it. The development has housed lots of different groups of people over the years and is now a part of the African-American community. The women in the stories are different ages and come from different circumstances, but they are all pretty poor, and are usually trying to get out of there to live somewhere else. Still, they form a community that loves and hates and obsesses and criticizes and cares for one another. I liked some stories better than others, but all of them have a strong voice and a movement to them that really makes them a part of the whole. And the ending. OMG the ending is one of the best endings I've ever read. I'm an endings person, and a good one can wash over all the small flaws in a book.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-women-of-brewster-place-by-gloria.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Oct 16, 2015 |
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At the time of its writing, this provoked a great deal of discussion. The intersecting stories of different women living on Brewster Place form a novel-in-sections that, though it has a workshop-y structural feel, generally works effectively. Brewster Place itself is more than a setting as it features as an integral aspect of the stories. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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. ( )
  chrisblocker | Mar 30, 2013 |
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The Women of Brewster Place is, in one word, beautiful.
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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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