The Women of Brewster Place
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From behind the battered doors of an apartment block, come the stories of seven courageous black women. Each has suffered knocks and setbacks, each has lived a life defined by social injustice, each has finally found herself here – in Brewster Place.
From stoic Mattie to sassy Etta, from righteous Kiswana to baby-mad Cora Lee, the women of Brewster Place are united in their resilience, their humanity and their collective ambition for brighter futures.
Poignant and gritty, The Women of Brewster Place is a remarkably powerful portrait of strength and hope, set against the backdrop of underprivileged urban America.
First written in 1982, and the winner of a National Book Award that year, Gloria Naylor has masterfully crafted a novel in 7 parts. Each introduces us to a different woman living in Brewster Place – a run-down, dead-end apartment block in a shabby suburb of an unnamed American city. Each woman has a very different story to tell, and a searing persona of her own which sings through the chapter. At once honest, lyrical, funny, gritty and wise, this incredible novel shows us how even in the face of racial and social discrimination, women can rise above it with an unwavering ability to hope.
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