The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place

by Gloria Naylor
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The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

The women of Brewster Place are "hard-edged, soft-centered, brutally demanding, and easily pleased". In their stories, Gloria Naylor has created a community of women that has touched thousands of readers across the country. Now the basis for a November 1988, ABC-TV, three-hour movie, starring Oprah Winfrey.

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ISBN-13: 9780670778553
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 06/02/1982
Product dimensions: 20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

About the Author

Gloria Naylor (1950-2016) grew up in New York City. She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983. She is also the author of Linden Hills (available from Penguin), Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, and The Men of Brewster Place.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many classics, The Women of Brewster Place can be read every few decades or so, as a favorite life-long book. At my first reading, I was a struggling single mother like Cora Lee, and her fierce motivation to improve the quality of her life for herself and her children moved me deeply. I recall exactly where I was, waiting for a metro at the La Salle station in Montreal, when a certain passage filled me with such emotion I wept quietly because I'd just read a perfect articulation of my life situation with the unparalled understanding of one who knows. Gloria Naylor's gripping first novel was a great friend to me during a time when I needed to understand and to be understood.
ChubbyRunaway More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, a fast read, but amazing!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I watched the movie after reading the book I was suprised and disappointed in the movie. It was a big let down when compared with the book. One specific point I had trouble with was Basil when he was grown up. The book gave the impression that he was about 25 yrs of age while the movie showed a man about 35 yrs of age. In the movie the aurgement between Basil and his mother seem very rehearsed and formal not like a son speaking to his mother. The end of the argument also left something to be desired. The apologetic thoughts of Mattie were lost in the movie. Over all I thought that the book was superior to the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this as one of my five summer reading books this year in English. My best friend, Lauren, and I went through the list of choices and figured out which book was the shortest (which happened to be this one- 198 pages). The title sounded boring, but as soon as I read the first chapter I was enthralled and couldn't put it down! This seven-story book combines the lives of different women from different places and the struggles they endured to end up in Brewster Place. Their blatent jokes and secret terrible pasts make this a wonderful book for anyone to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is really great. I had to read it for my english class thisyear and i loved it. You are taken through the lives of different women who live at Brewster's place. Their stories are joyful and sad and leave you with an overall meaningful message. I recommend this book and other titles by Gloria Naylor
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very interesting book, from 'Dusk' to 'Dawn'. It is very unpredictable. You may read the first chapter and it will leave you in awe. You won't be able to wait for the next chapter. I really like it because the women in this book are bruttle on the outside and soft-centered on the inside. They are also brutually demnading but easily pleased. Although their dreams are deferred by something that happened in their life, they can look back at it and laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book. It tells the tales of women who have gone through a lot to get where they are. It shows the when you think you are at the lowest look around you because you will have someone there to help you. And that is the only way to get over the wall.