The Women of Brewster Place
by Gloria Naylor
- Voted #81 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
- Honored by the National Book Awards in 1983
- A QBR 100 Essential Black Book
Publication Date: Jun 30, 1983
List Price: $16.00 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 192
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
Once the home of poor Irish and Italian immigrants, Brewster Place, a rotting tenement on a dead-end street, now shelters black families. This novel portrays the courage, the fear, and the anguish of some of the women there who hold their families together, trying to make a home. Among them are: Mattie Michael, the matriarch who loses her son to prison; Etta Mae Johnson who tries to trade the ’high life’ for marriage with a local preacher; Kiswana Browne who leaves her middle-class family to organize a tenant’s union.
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