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Gloria Naylor burst onto the American literary scene fifteen years ago with her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place. Now Ms. Naylor has turned her attention to the other side of the story: to the men of Brewster Place, and in this remarkable new work. Gloria Naylor brings their voices to life with her characteristic grace, humor, and compassion. Among others you will meet: Brother Jerome: who speaks for everyone on Brewster Place when he plays the blues; Basil, who repays his debt to his mother as best he ...
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Gloria Naylor burst onto the American literary scene fifteen years ago with her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place. Now Ms. Naylor has turned her attention to the other side of the story: to the men of Brewster Place, and in this remarkable new work. Gloria Naylor brings their voices to life with her characteristic grace, humor, and compassion. Among others you will meet: Brother Jerome: who speaks for everyone on Brewster Place when he plays the blues; Basil, who repays his debt to his mother as best he can, but in his desire to become the man she wanted him to be, becomes instead the victim of his own devotion; Eugene, who battles convention and the nearly irresistible pull of his family while being drawn inexorably toward a new self he does not yet understand; Moreland T. Woods, whose service to his fellow man is mocked by his own self-service; C. C. Baker, whose yearning for power to control the people and streets around him eventually renders him powerless; Abshu, who finds that a little bit of humor will bring sweetness to the gathering dusk of a neighborhood; and finally, Ben, who - from beyond the grave - 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.
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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
May 1998

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.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fifteen years after publishing The Women of Brewster Place, Naylor revisits that pocket of an unnamed modern city and animates it with a fresh, compelling cast. Brewster Place is populated almost exclusively by African Americans driven there by circumstance rather than by choice. Despite their various misfortunes, the residents are committed to each other and to the preservation of their community. Ben, a neighborhood janitor (and chorus) resurrected from the previous Brewster Place novel, narrates seven tales of neighborhood men and the women who love them. Their travails feature the familiar ills of the inner city, yet Naylor lends these archetypal situations complexity and depth: Basil yearns to be the kind of father he never had but chooses a path that leads to heartbreak; Eugene's restlessness in his marriage and friendship with a transsexual force him to face a difficult fact about himself; Reverend Moreland T. Woods rehearses his political aspirations with maneuvers on his church's board; and C.C. Baker, involved in local drug trafficking, keeps a startling truth from the police. Naylor neatly binds the stories' themes together with Ben's narration and a concluding corner-barbershop scene that offer readers a grace note of optimism that is as credible as it is moving. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
As narrated by Joe Morton, everyone has a story to tell on Brewster Place and Naylor eloquently gives voice to the people who live there. Fifteen years ago we heard the women of that byway The Women of Brewster Place, Audio Reviews, LJ 5/1/94 and LJ 11/15/93; now we hear from the men. Brewster Place is not an address to which people aspire yet it is not quite an address for people of despair. Sure, they've seen better times in the past and just maybe they'll see better times in the future. Meanwhile, they're getting by from day to day. Morton brings each of the characters to life: Ben, the neighborhood janitor, who serves as the chorus; Brother Jerome, the musical genius with his child's mind; Basil, who wants a family so badly that he makes the wrong choices; Rev. Moreland T. Woods, who wants a new church to glorify himself; and the others who gather at the barber shop to comment on the general state of the world. This is great storytelling and a good choice for public library collections.Nann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Roy Hoffman
In Gloria Naylor's 1982 collection of interlinked stories, "The Women of Brewster Place," husbands socked their wives, sons betrayed their mothers, fathers shook their daughters and grabbed them by the hair...."The Men of Brewster Place" offers them not so much a sequel as a second chance....Through the voices of Ben, Eugene and Basil, Naylor asks us to believe that men who have just acted rashly and selfishly can return shortly afterward to articulate their wrongs with gentle sadness. -- Roy Hoffman, New York Times Book Review
The New York Times
One is quickly gracefully does Miss Naylor fuse together the epic and the naturalistic, the magical and the real. -- The New York Times In this elegantly constructed book, we hear the voices of men struggling to understand themselves and the women in their lives. Gloria Naylor gives us the other half of the story and so creates a fuller, more comprehensive vision...of the human heart. -- Julia Alvarez The Men of Brewster Place is sort of like a clear, cool mountain stream; too cold to wade in; too swift to dare take a drink from; yet clear and inviting nonetheless: sort of like black men. -- Nikki Giovanni
Kirkus Reviews
The inevitable sequel to Naylor's unaccountably successful The Women of Brewster Place (1982) is comprised, like its predecessor, of a collection of linked portraits of the inhabitants of the urban housing project denoted by its title. A character who died in that earlier novel, Ben the janitor, is resurrected (as a blithe prefatory note explains) to share the narration with an omniscient lyrical overvoice that seems to be the "spirit" of Brewster Place. A prelude and postlude entitled "Dusk" and "Dawn" bracket eight vignettes, beginning with Ben's own story: Brought up in Tennessee by grandparents who were born slaves, he has suffered indignities representative of all the wrongs visited on black people throughout this century. "Brother Jerome" is a retarded youngster who's a blues pianist savant (a concept that Naylor leaves undeveloped); "Basil" is an ex-con who seeks to atone for his past by caring for an indifferent welfare mother's fatherless boys; "Abshu" (born Clifford Jackson) is a playwright and community activist whose life is given direction by his hatred for a greedy, politically ambitious ministerþso it goes. Here and there, Naylor contrives an interesting character or promising situation ("Moreland T. Woods," the story of that minister, an Adam Clayton Powell clone, is nicely plotted and effectively connected to "Abdshu"). But the majority of these stories feature ludicrous melodramatic climaxes ("Eugene," about a closeted homosexual husband and father, is a particularly glaring example), or vacuous clich‚s ("What does it mean to be a man?"; ". for the sons of Brewster Place, there would always be the blues"), or both. And Naylor ends it all with a gush of sappysentimentalism that would do Danielle Steel proud. Unimaginative, maudlin commercial fiction from one of the most overrated writers around. (First printing of 200,000; author tour)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568957128
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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First Chapter


Brewster Place became especially fond of its colored daughters as they milled like determined spirits among its decay, trying to make it a home. Nutmeg arm leaned over windowsills, gnarled ebony legs carried groceries up double flights of steps, and saffron hands strung out wet laundry on backyard lines ...

My name is Ben. I'm a drunk. And been waiting a long time to say these next few words: This street gave birth to more than its girl children, ya know. And in all my years working as janitor on this block, I ain't seen no favoritism, one way or another, all had a hard way to go. I'm not about to argue was it harder for some than for others: Who's got it worse, the Him with nothing in his pockets, scared to turn the knob on the door; or the Her waiting on the other side to stretch that nothing--once again--for supper? When your shoes is worn down ragged and loose, what hits the ground hardest--the heel or the toe? Them are questions that ain't got no easy answer and I'm the first to admit I ain't got no fancy words. But I do know that when a She was leaning over them windowsills, calling for somebody to fetch a dollar's worth of cheese or a loaf of bread from the store, it was most likely a He who got up from the stoop or from a game of dominoes to rattle around in his pocket for the spare change to manage it. And I myself done helped many an old lady carry groceries up these rickety steps; young ones too if they was far gone pregnant or it was kinda late and I felt it just wasn't safe. Try as I might, it's hard to keep lightbulbs from getting bust up in these narrow hallways. Sometimes the younger kids'll take 'em out and smash 'em on the steps for devilment; or you'd get them older ones like C.C. Baker, hoping to work a much nastier business in the dark. You gotta watch out for the womenfolk.

Their perspiration mingled with the steam from boiling pots of smoked pork and greens, and it curled on the edges of the aroma of vinegar douches and Evening in Paris cologne that drifted through the street where they stood together--hands on hips, straight-backed, round-bellied, high-behind women who threw their heads back when they laughed and exposed strong teeth and dark gums. They cursed, badgered, worshipped, and shared their men.

But their men loved them too. And many hung in here on this street when the getting woulda been more than good because of them--and their children. There's a lot of sad things in this world; but a poor man having to keep looking into the eyes of a poor woman with no earthly reason why is one of the saddest things I know. And I saw it over and over here on Brewster Place. The Italians were the first. The street was full of 'em when I started back in the fifties. A sprinkling of Irish here and there. But they stayed mostly over in building 313 where Brother Jerome now sits playing that piano; and they were mostly old ladies who never much left their apartments except for a sunrise Mass. Memory is a funny thing: When I think about the folks changing on this block, it ain't a year that comes to mind. It's the sound of them high top shoes, with the metal hooks, stepping over dirty water flowing down the sewer drain. The swish, swish, of thick double petticoats under long black skirts. Not a face, not a face in sight; just them thick shoe heels meeting the wet cobblestone, and then just a peek of the back of their heads. White, white hair with a tiny bit of black lace pinned to the top. Living in the basement apartment, right next to the wall, what else would I see? And hiding out to take a sip or two, it being Sunday and all, what else would I hear? The thud of those old ladies' shoes; rounding my building to take the alley way--the quickest way--to the boulevard. And I don't know what year it all changed, but the high-tops became patent leather with T-straps, and it was thick black hair in braids or French knots with that same tiny bit of dark lace pinned to the top. Another kind of Mass. Another kind of footstep click, clicking to round my building taking the alley way to the boulevard. Angelina. Victoria. Maria Celeste. Calling to each other in the early afternoon with those names like music. Funny, with the Italians I can remember their men children, but not their men. The young bucks leaning against the wall, running their hands down their lean thighs to snag a thumb in the front pocket of them jeans, smoking and leaving cigarette butts stuck in the cracks of the mortar.

I'd appreciate if you wouldn't do that.

You talking to me, shit sweeper?

And I'd think to myself, Yeah, I'm sweeping up for you shits. But the older ones mostly left me alone. You see, thinking the things I really felt instead of saying them meant I was a nice colored man. And since the landlord was a post office box in another city, and their radiators leaked, or the sinks backed up, or arthritis kept them from sweeping down the front steps 'cause those teenagers sure weren't gonna do it, meant that even if I'd been an uppity colored man, nobody would much care. Three buildings on the east; three on the west; and the wall blocking light from the south. A dead end street. Full of shadows. It always feels like dusk on Brewster Place. And this job was a step up for me; I never denied that. But those young white boys had to deny, had to deny it was worth more than shit, 'cause they didn't even have that--and who could sleep through Brewster Place's long dark nights without hanging on to some kind of dream?

But the Italians finally did what the Irish did and what the Poles did before them--died off or faded away. Time left these buildings a little shabbier, the railings a little shakier, the sidewalks a bit more cracked and tar stained. The only things that didn't seem to change was me--and that brick wall. I was still drinking. It was still there. And this place was still a dead end street when "company came."

Brewster Place rejoiced in these multicolored "Afric" children of its old age. They worked as hard as the children of its youth, and were as passionate and different in their smells, foods, and codes from the rest of the town as the children of its middle years. They clung to the street with a desperate acceptance that whatever was here was better than the starving southern climates they had fled from. Brewster Place knew that unlike its other children, the few who would leave forever were to be the exception rather than the rule, since they came because they had no choice and would remain for the same reason.

Like me, some came from sharecropping in Tennessee; others Mississippi, South Carolina. And others from just somewhere else around the city, hopping like checkers on a board; when there's no moving up, you just move around. But a street is a street is a street. Give me a nickel for each time I've swept down these steps or raked garbage from the sewer and I'll give you every paycheck I made in return. A better bargain for me, believe it. A street is a street is a street. It's cement and sand and water mixed up to dry. It wears with time, gets dirt and tar ground into its surface; it cracks and finally needs to be patched. A street is a street is a street.

But let me tell you about men: If you put him on the likes of a Park Avenue and he feels he has no worth, then it's not Park Avenue. If you put him on the likes of a Chicago South Side and he feels he has worth, then it's not the South Side. We all live inside. That's the first thing I got to say. And the second thing is to tell the whole story. I don't know a man who would be anywhere without a woman. And don't know a woman who'd be anywhere without a man. It's how God did it; and we sure can't undo it. We can try; and probably pass off some pretty good imitations of life. But since it looks like we're here only once--and for a short time at that--why not go for the real deal? And here's what you're gonna always get from me: My name is Ben. I'm a drunk. And I've been working on this block close to forever. And if Brewster Place could talk, it wouldn't tell you nothing much different than what I've said: It's concrete and mortar, bricks and wood, iron railings and glass windows. And every black man, every mother's child, who found himself here hoped for better--every one. Not all of them prayed for better, 'cause some didn't believe in God. Not all of them worked for better, 'cause some of them were lazy as sin. Not all of them even really wanted better, 'cause it takes courage to live with change. But if there was a woman anywhere around him, he had to hope for better 'cause she was the other half; the other arm, the other eye--stepping right up on his shoulders to reach for a dream. And that's about as much poetry you'll ever get from the likes of me. I don't know fancy words, but I do know men. And the ones here, proud most of 'em, pitiful some--but hard working, all of 'em. If they was working at a job or just working at despair. And with each of 'em--no matter who he was--there was always a Her in his story.

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Interviews & Essays

On Tuesday, May 12th, welcomed Gloria Naylor to discuss THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE.

Moderator: Welcome, Gloria Naylor! Thank you for taking the time to join us online this evening. How are you doing tonight?

Gloria Naylor: I am doing fine.

Niki from Sudbury, MA: What was the inspiration behind some of the men of Brewster Place? Where they inspired by actual individuals?

Gloria Naylor: No, they weren't. These were the same men that had been operating in the first novel, THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. I took them out of that context and gave them a chance to tell their own stories.

Rose from Orlando, Fl: I read MAMA DAY and really liked it. Were you influenced by Zora Neale Hurston's use of voodoo in her writings?

Gloria Naylor: I was influenced by her but not because of her voodoo studies; what I like about Hurston's work is that it is lyrical, and she told the story of just plain working-class people.

Clio from New York, NY: How did you react to winning the National Book Award with your first novel? That is truly incredible.

Gloria Naylor: Well, I took it all in my stride. I knew that I had a lot of work left to do, there were other novels I wanted to write. So while it was quite pleasing to receive the award, I tried to make sure that it didn't distract me from the road ahead.

Veronica from Bellingham, WA: I am curious to find out a little bit about your youth. Were you raised on Brewster Place? Is it a real street?

Gloria Naylor: Brewster Place is not a real street. I put it nowhere so it could be everywhere. I am a native New Yorker; my parents were from the South. They arrived in New York a month before I was born, so while my parents were Mississipians, I was a native New Yorker.

Carol from St, Marys, GA: Firstly, I just finished your book this morning and I loved it!!! I would like to know why you chose the characteristics that each man possessed. Every one of those men could have been someone's brother, husband, or friend. Was that the primary reason you chose those realistic features?

Gloria Naylor: No, I wanted just to give these characters a chance to tell their own stories. It is a compliment that you think this way about the male characters, because every writer wants to paint realistic people, and while I didn't pattern these men after any living men, I am glad to know that you made a connection.

Berry from Williamsburg: Both of your Brewster Place books are based on the comings and goings of people in communities. What is your opinion on the state of community in our country? Any thoughts on what we can do to improve the bonds between neighbors and increase racial harmony in communities?

Gloria Naylor: I think the best way to increase racial harmony is to get to know each other. Blacks and whites in this country now live in separate neighborhoods, worship in separate churches, etc. With people so isolated from each other, it is difficult to get tolerance. The first step is simply to get to know each other. As far as communities in this country, they are being dissolved and replaced by consumerism. What was once downtown is now moving into malls. I am on a book tour right now, and I had to pass through Minneapolis and I saw the Mall of America. It was exhilarating at the same time it was sad. These malls will replace the downtown centers of most American cities, and it will change our sense of community and our ideas of leisure time.

Sharon from Oyster Bay, NY: Who are a few of your favorite contemporary authors? What about literary influences?

Gloria Naylor: I have been influenced by both the English classics -- Dickens, the Brontes, Austen -- and on the other hand I have been influenced by Zora Neal Hurston, Alice Walker. So it is a combination of the two that have nourished me as a writer.

Lenea from Plano, TX: How long did it take you to write THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE? What is your writing schedule like?

Gloria Naylor: It took me about a year to write this book. I don't know what you mean by writing schedule, the process or the length....

Clarissa N. from Oak Park, IL: Do you prefer writing screenplays or do you enjoy writing novels? Is the process very different?

Gloria Naylor: Well, the process is very different. With a novel you are telling a story in words only; in a screenplay you tell the story with pictures. So they are directly opposite to each other. I am primarily a novelist, but I also like to think of myself as a communicator, and I enjoy whatever the process is that helps me communicate. I love working in the theater, and I love screenplays. I had one of my plays produced and that is a wonderful feeling, but I am first and foremost a novelist.

Carla from Chicago, IL: Are you still close with Oprah? What do you think about the tremendous effect Oprah's Book Club has on national sales of the books chosen for the book club?

Gloria Naylor: I think it is a good thing, because it will get more and more people into the bookstores, and when they are in there to buy one book, they will browse around. I think anything that encourages people to read is a good thing.

Dale from Richmond, VA: I am curious about your writing process -- you produce such creative work! Do you construct outlines for your books first? Use character sketches? Do you know the basic plotline and characters before you set out writing?

Gloria Naylor: I do know the basic plot, but that plot changes once your characters begin to develop because they become like real people, and they make their own decisions after a while. While I do have an outline, it turns out no longer useful because my book has gotten deeper than I anticipated in the beginning. I consider my books character-driven; they gain life and I proceed to follow them.

Carol from St. Marys, GA: My 11-year-old daughter wants to know if you write children's books. She is an avid reader, and I want her to read as many books about black characters as possible. If you do not write children's books, could you suggest some books that you read as a young child?

Gloria Naylor: I would suggest that you give your daughter anything by Virginia Hamilton, a wonderful children's book writer as well as an African American. I myself have written one children's book, yet to be published.

Alton from mbs on-line: We host a site called the Writer's Hall of Fame. Frequently we receive questions from aspiring authors asking what they need to do to get their works published. What advice would you give someone that really has a passion for writing?

Gloria Naylor: I would recommend that the first thing you do is get an agent who will be a champion for your work, because more houses are becoming conglomerates. So find an agent who believes in the work that you do and becomes your advocate and navigates you through that whole morass that is the book publishing industry in America.

Tamara from Philadelphia: I am interested in getting your opinion of the state of minorities in this country. Do you think the situation is getting better in general?

Gloria Naylor: I think there has been change, but it is not enough to have change, you also need progress. While many people have benefited by the civil rights movement, mostly the middle class, that still leaves a large amount of people who don't see the "American dream." As a matter of fact I don't even believe in the American dream -- there are people who do work hard, and they don't become the head of Chrysler.

Caroline from Hoboken, NJ: Are there any plans to bring THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE to the big screen?

Gloria Naylor: No, there are no plans as of yet.

Lisa from NYC: Do you have any desire to write either nonfiction or short stories? Thanks! I am a huge fan of your writing, and I really enjoyed the collection of short stories you edited.

Gloria Naylor: No, I don't have any plans right now to work on any short stories. From time to time I write essays. I am currently working on something for cable and hopefully another play.

Megan Whiley from San Diego: Do your characters stay with you after you write about them so long? Do you think of them as old friends? What is your favorite character you have created?

Gloria Naylor: I don't have a favorite. Each of them has brought me something special, and they do stay and linger after the book. But by that time I am already thinking of new characters and a new book, so they do slowly fade away.

Rory from Florida: Hello, Gloria, I have two questions for you 1How do you overcome writer's block? 2What are your future plans for writing? Thanks a bunch!!!!

Gloria Naylor: Writer's block is just difficult -- sometimes a good snort of Scotch helps, but for the most part I will play music and go about my life thinking I am not blocked, and something slowly does happen. It is a terrifying feeling to have writer's block.

Niki from Sudbury, MA: What are your future writing plans? Are you writing a new novel? Can you give us a sneak preview?

Gloria Naylor: No, I am not writing a new novel right now. Like I said before I hope to write a play for stage and something for cable TV.

Monica N. from Pittsford, NY: Does your new book, THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE, explore similar themes to THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE? If so, what are some?

Gloria Naylor: No, it explores different themes, because I have a different cast of characters. What I am trying to show in THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE is black men's relations with families and communities.

Megan from Virginia: Do you read your book reviews? How much weight do you give reviewers' criticism of your books?

Gloria Naylor: Very little weight. They will either love you or not. You can't concentrate on something like that. You like good reviews, but you can't let bad reviews stand in your way, you just need to go on to the next project.

Paul from Brooklyn, NY: Are you still teaching?

Gloria Naylor: No, I am not.

Martha from Chevy Chase, MD: I saw you read at Vertigo books a few weeks back, and I thought you were awesome. Do you enjoy doing readings?

Gloria Naylor: I do. It depends on where I am in the whole process. I even like reading from works in progress. It is always nice to read from a new book. It always give you hope to go on to the next one.

Chantel from Georgia: I'm sorry, I'm not very familiar with your work, but a dear friend recommended your writings. How many books have you written?

Gloria Naylor: I have written five novels and edited one anthology.

Gloria Naylor: From everywhere, and when one idea begins to haunt me, it is time to go in search of that story.

John from I have got to tell you that I read and loved Carol Shields's STONE DIARIES, then I read her recent book, LARRY'S PARTY, and was somewhat disappointed. I read THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE and loved it, and I have recently picked up a copy of THE MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE, and I also thought it was great. I don't have a question, more of a comment, commending your wonderful new novel.

Gloria Naylor: Thank you! from Studio City, CA: Hello, Ms. Naylor. THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE is one of my all-time favorite novels. What are some of your interests outside of writing?

Gloria Naylor: I like to garden, and I like to listen to music. I like to take long walks to clear my head.

Santiga from Delaware: Black men get a lot of flak these days about how they run out on their families and fail in their role as the head of the household. More and more young black children are raised by poor black mothers. Any thoughts on this problem? What can we do to keep black families together and encourage men to stay in their children's lives?

Gloria Naylor: There is no easy answer to that. It is a question about morality. I don't think we respect the rights of children at all in this country. We need to realize we weaken a community when we weaken family ties. I have no answer for individual questions. Two thirds of black men in this country are trying to keep their families together and keep their communities together; we never hear about those two thirds. We only hear about the other one third. I call that two thirds the Invisible Two Thirds.

Julia from Coney Island: Hey there, Gloria. I am way psyched to see you're doing things online. What do you think about the Internet? Are you online a lot yourself?

Gloria Naylor: I used to be online, then I got offline because somebody hacked my account, and I haven't been online since then. But I think it can be a wonderful tool for knowledge.

Rayanne from Newport News: Do you write poetry? Do you have any favorite poets? I just discovered black poet Pamela Sneed and love her.

Gloria Naylor: I don't write poetry anymore. I used to try to write poetry, but one of my favorite poets is Nikki Giovanni.

Sarah Tucker from Newport, RI: Do you think there will be another Brewster Place novel? Do you feel a sense of closure now or do you have more to say about that community?

Gloria Naylor: I feel total closure now. Total. There won't be THE CHILDREN OF BREWSTER PLACE or THE PETS OF BREWSTER PLACE. I have told the whole story.

Nancy from North Carolina: Good evening, Ms. Naylor. I just wanted to let you know that I am a huge fan and I love your books. Please keep writing because we are still reading.

Gloria Naylor: Fans are very important, and thank you very much!

Moderator: Thank you for joining us online. Do you have any parting words for the online audience?

Gloria Naylor: Thank you! I just wanted to tell any aspiring writers out there to continue writing and follow your dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004


    Everyone in the world seemed to have heard about this book and movie, but I hadn't. I picked it up because the plot looked interesting and I like reading books from the male perspective. This book was outstanding. I can't pick a favorite story in here because I enjoyed them all. The plots were tight, the stories read easily, they were believable, and most importantly, the dialogue was fresh and sounded like real people. Not many people can merge all of these characteristics into one, but this lady sure did! (It's even better considering she pinpointed writing from the male perspective). I will be reading the rest of these books and watching the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2001

    It was a good book can't waite to read women of brewster place

    Hi I was in the book store looking for a book to read and i saw this one.It was only a dollor,i was like this has to be worth the buy. And it was,I read this book in like a day or so but it is also a small book with like around 150 or something pages. but it was a really good book. This book is about 7 men who go through some hard times in there lives and end up on brewster place. Each chapter is a diffrent story. i have not read the women of brewster place yet,but i think each guy in here is related to one of the women in the first book. I give this book 4 stares caues i would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about peoples lives. the reason i did not give it 5 stares is becaues it is not an outstanding book it had its up and downs but its one of those books that should be read by anyone who is looking for a quck , and interesting read. thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Good Read

    Men of Brewster Place was a great book. I first read Women of Brewster Place in a collage class and another student gave a report on this book and I just had to read it. The way Naylor talks about how the men also have hardships in their lives beside the women from Brewster.

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