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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gloria Naylor Narrator: Tonya Pinkins Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598877243
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Brewster Place is a blind alley feeding into a dead end. Seven women have made their way there, each with her own story, her own goals and dreams. Each experiences, fights against—and sometimes transcends—the fate of black women in America today. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Littell | 2/10/2014

    " There were moments when this collection of vignettes had me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiara | 2/9/2014

    " Amazing. I started ad finished this book in the same day, just couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Clark | 2/9/2014

    " Not much different from the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yishen | 1/31/2014

    " Loved it. It was very beautifully written and the stories overlapped just the right amount to get to know each character while staying updated with the old ones. I really just loved the language Naylor used throughout the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 1/30/2014

    " This book is so beautifully written, that I sometimes stop to re-read a paragraph just for the pleasure of it. It's a quick read and I was sorry when I finished. I will definitely look for more books by Naylor. There is a lot of traged in these stories, but it is well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaquille Anderson | 1/27/2014

    " The novel Women of Brewster Place is an excellent novel. The author of the novel, Gloria Naylor, shows that she has superb writing skills with this piece of literature. The novel is about many urban minority women who face problems that are very common in urban areas these are issues such as; racism, discrimination, abuse, and parental conflicts. In the book, all of the characters come together because they all in some way, shape or form have similarities to one another; the main similarity is that they each crave to live somewhere where they are accepted. The novel was exceptional because Gloria Naylor uses many real life scenarios and connects them all, showing just exactly how closely related they are to one another. Gloria Naylor's artistic writing style made the book interesting with her precise uses of symbolism, foreshadowing, imagery, and her drastic, vivid climax scenes which kept the reader on edge and craving more detail. For example, when Lorraine bashed Ben's face into the ground with the brick, Naylor used her exceptional use of imagery to not just tell, but show the reader what was happening in the scene. Women of Brewster Place was a truly magnificent novel and I believe reading it has given me another insight when looking at the world, making me able to connect things together which would seem unrelated to an untrained mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2014

    " I listened to this book on a CD version. I couldn't find this one on the site, but there are so many version, I didn't want to add an other one. I bought this book at the Rockford Public Library sale, because I had enjoyed watching the TV series. The book is much darker than the TV series. There is a terrible gang rape of a lesbian, by a group of street boys. The victim sees a movement in the alley, and ends up killing an older man, who come out to sit in the alley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " this book seemed really familiar... REALLY familiar... as in "have i read this book before?" but i hadn't... i had watched the 1989 mini-series staring oprah winfrey. children have phenomenal minds. oh, and it's a great book... the kind that rips your heart out, twists it, squeezes it, rolls it around in salt, pepper and paprika, and then shoves it back into your chest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie Walker | 1/12/2014

    " I hated the violent ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/12/2014

    " I wrote papers on this book every chance I got in college. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/30/2013

    " I read this book in high school and it deeply impacted me. I wanted to reread it now since I've recently met Gloria Naylor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 11/16/2013

    " The author did a great job with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia Crane | 6/13/2013

    " I read this book in a day and it felt like a dream, fragmented and moody, with beautiful colors and sad feelings. I am left with the need for something positive or at least something comforting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/3/2013

    " Very powerful - better than the movie - the last major scene stays with me to this day, over 20 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Gray | 3/28/2013

    " A great example of how woven stories can work out perfectly. Read it for a women's studies class and kept it because it was so good. Definitely analyzes your privilege and place in society (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 1/25/2013

    " Lovely! Naylor says so much in so little space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Flanagan | 9/7/2012

    " A glimpse into the lives of 7 black women living in very difficult circumstances in the 1980s in ahhousing project. Another great book reminding me of how much women sustain each other...Upsetting and unforgettable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mangu | 12/26/2011

    " one of the best books i've read in a while - The Women of Brewster Place is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Gloria Naylor's prose is like poetry. simply stunning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanier | 10/11/2011

    " Great read! One that has you saying, "Say What?" at the end and then again, wondering, where did that come from? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/19/2011

    " I read this book when I was much younger. I'd love to go back and read it again as an adult and see what I think of it now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/28/2011

    " There wasn't enough character development. The story changed fairly rapidly that it was sometimes tough to piece together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/4/2011

    " Gritty. Challenging. Impossible to not become immersed in their stories. Intertwining vignettes are my favorite and can be such a powerful way to dig into the complexities and shared humanity of the human experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 2/28/2011

    " Yeah. Didn't really care for this one, it wasn't very entertaining and I hate being forced to analyze things in books that I don't even believe exist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/3/2011

    " This book is so beautifully written, that I sometimes stop to re-read a paragraph just for the pleasure of it. It's a quick read and I was sorry when I finished. I will definitely look for more books by Naylor. There is a lot of traged in these stories, but it is well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/10/2011

    " This was probably the only book by Naylor I thoroughly enjoyed. It was soo good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/7/2010

    " 4/5 stars.

    Pretty damn good. My favorite stories would have to be Mattie Michaels, Lucielia Turner, and The Two. Definitely read this book! "

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About the Author
Author Gloria Naylor

Gloria Naylor was born in New York City in 1950, where she grew up and still lives. She received her BA in English from Brooklyn College and her MA in Afro-American studies from Yale University. She has taught writing and literature at George Washington University, New York University, Boston University, and Cornell University.