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The women of Brewster Place
Naylor, Gloria.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, 1983.

Physical Description:
192 pages ; 20 cm.
Dawn -- Mattie Michael -- Etta Mae Johnson -- Kiswana Browne -- Lucielia Louise Turner -- Cora Lee -- The two -- The block party.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.4 10.0 74328.
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Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction 1:C-POP-MAYR
Riverside Branch Library FICTION Adult Fiction Reading List

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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

Author Notes

Gloria Naylor was born in Manhattan, New York on January 25, 1950. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Brooklyn College and a master's degree in African American studies from Yale University. She taught at several universities including George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Princeton University, and Boston University.

Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the American Book Award and the National Book Award for first novel in 1983. It was adapted into a two-part television movie in 1989. Her other novels include Linden Hills, Mama Day, Bailey's Café, and The Men of Brewster Place. She died of heart failure on September 28, 2016 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A mixed group, these five unabridged novels share a common feature: all of them are superbly read, rendering a compulsion to "listen just another few minutes." In his reading of The Silence of the Lambs, Frank Muller makes serial killer Hannibal Lecter as chilling as Anthony Hopkins did in his film role. Lynne Thigpen's rich contralto effectively changes pace and tone for the seven different black women whose lives in Brewster Place she describes with an unhurried, almost spiritual rendering. London's Klondike classic is given the respect it deserves by Norman Dietz's careful reading. Both the Barth and Hiaasen novels of mischief and mayhem among the criminal elements in Miami affect an isn't-this-good-fun quality that readers Alexander and Wilson match perfectly. In particular, Wilson consummately individualizes a dozen or so characters. Wonderful readings, well packaged. ~--Ted Hipple

Library Journal Review

This new, slightly abridged audio version of The Women of Brewster Place is a good rendition of Naylor's 1982 debut novel, which won a National Book Award. Tonya Pinkins reads and presents the characters very well, catching the lyricism of each woman's story; the range of emotions is a demanding task, and Pinkins responds creatively and sensitively. The recording length captures the essence of Naylor's seven stories, but for those who know the book, this abridgment doesn't fully capture the power of the whole or the full devastation and pride of Naylor's characters. The program will have to be repackaged as the original box won't withstand much handling. This is appropriate for budget-pressed libraries that can't afford the unabridged version (Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/93).-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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