The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
(Penguin Books, 1983, 192 pages)
The Women of Brewster Place is one of those classic books that I’ve known about but only just now picked up. The novel is told from the perspective of seven different women, all of whom have found their way to the Brewster Place apartment building for a wide range of reasons. Naylor does a great job capturing the voice of each of the women and writes in a way that really compels you to keep reading. I knocked this out in a day and a half because I had such a hard time putting it down (having lots of free time over Thanksgiving break didn’t hurt, either).
Naylor’s portrayal of black America through the experiences of these women can’t help but catch your attention. I’m really glad I finally got around to reading this – now I’m curious to see the TV movie that was made from it to see how if it does the book justice 🙂