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Book Title: The Women of Brewster Place|
Date of issue: 1983
ISBN 13: 9780613176149
The author of the book: Gloria Naylor
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 897 KB
Edition: Penguin Group
Read full description of the books The Women of Brewster Place:This short story collection had all the makings of a book that I should not like. So I'm still trying to figure out how it ended up on my list of best short story collections.
The first story contained no less than ten clichés. And every story after that had something that I could see coming from pages away. I was literally thinking, please don't let this play out the way I think it's going to play out. And it always did.
I have never been, nor will I ever be, on the men-ain't-shit bandwagon. Never-ever. This way of thinking can be pervasive for women in the African American community, so I cannot stand books that perpetuate it. I just cannot. But this book did exactly that.
Then the author waited until the last chapter to throw in some surrealism type stuff, which had me totally confused. I'm not sure what happened with the wall. Maybe it was real...yes, I'm still confused.
So, when you have all of those hang-ups and can love every page and hang on every word of a book, then I'm convinced that the author is some sort of genius. Convinced.
The first thing that grabbed me was the author's ability to move the book through time. My very first status update while reading was,"The devolving of a community in three generations and six pages." I thought it was a brilliant way to set up the book. I had no idea that it was a technique, and she was the master. Time and time again, she moves through several decades in a paragraph. And it never fails to be brilliant.
Have you ever seen pain in writing? You're probably wondering what am I even asking. Naylor wrote a scene so powerful, it made pain visible; it took form. No one wants to be in pain, but this scene made me never want to know that pain. If that wasn't impressive enough, I realized after the book club discussion that in the same scene, it was love that took form for other readers. It was that love that captivated them.
You know that thing that happens when you read something and it's impossible to keep reading - it was too close to home, too shocking, too revelatory, too something to just move past without reflecting on it in that moment. Well, this book made me realize I need to hang more art. Because there were several times, when coming back to myself after staring at the wall, that it would be nice to have something hanging there.
Now it's time for me to create my Gloria Naylor-shelf and start building my personal Gloria Naylor Collection because long review short - she did that.
Read information about the authorGloria Naylor was an African-American novelist whose most popular work, The Women of Brewster Place, was made into a 1984 film starring Oprah Winfrey.
Naylor won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983 for The Women of Brewster Place. Her subsequent novels included Linden Hills, Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe. In addition to her novels, Naylor wrote essays and screenplays, as well as the stage adaptation of Bailey's Cafe. Naylor also founded One Way Productions, an independent film company, and was involved in a literacy program in the Bronx.
A native New Yorker, Gloria Naylor was a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale University. She was distinguished with numerous honors, including Scholar-in-Residence, the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Fellow, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; the President's Medal, Brooklyn College; and Visiting Professor, University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Naylor was the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for her novels and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for screenwriting.
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