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When Gloria Naylor first burst onto the literary scene with her exploration of a small urban town, she grabbed the attention of readers and critics alike, propelling her toward literary stardom. The Women of Brewster Place, her landmark first work, was awarded the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983, and was made into a popular television miniseries starring and produced by Oprah Winfrey. The small enclave of women that Naylor introduced struck a resounding chord with readers everywhere, and now Brewster Place is back.
In The Men of Brewster Place, the other side of the story of the residents of this decaying urban housing project is told, with the same rich grace, humor, and compassion that Naylor brought to The Women of Brewster Place.
Some people you will meet when you read The Men of Brewster Place include:
Brother Jerome: His blues speaks for everyone on Brewster Place.
Basil: Instead of becoming the man his mother wanted him to be, his obsession with repaying his debt to her forces him to become a victim of his own devotion.
Eugene: He is torn between the pull of his family and the urge to re-create himself into a person even he does not understand.
C. C. Baker: He finds that his desire for power over people and places he cannot control renders him powerless.
Moreland T. Woods: After putting his own self-service before that of others, he finds himself mocked by his selfishness.
Abshu: Humor brings Abshu and Brewster Place a sweetness in the gathering dusk.
Ben: Frombeyondthe grave, he serves as the Greek chorus; he sees it all and comes as close as one can to understanding the men and women of Brewster Place.
Gloria Naylor has once again cast her passionate and knowing eye on a world she has made her own, a world of sadness and glory. Richly crafted and deeply satisfying, The Men of Brewster Place is certain to please readers of Naylor's previous works and attract new fans as well.