• Women of Brewster Place

  • By: Gloria Naylor
  • Narrated by: Tonya Pinkins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (223 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of The National Book Award.

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.

©1980 Gloria Naylor (P)1993 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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Abridged!

The audio book is great, the performance is fine, and the atmosphere it creates is very on point to the book's tone... But it's missing giant chunks from the original book. I didn't realize this until I tried to read along and realized that it wasn't following it but skipping along almost at random. I don't know why it did this.

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good but wrong

good narration and fun story but it does not match the actual book. as a student it did not help me because it skips paragraphs and even pages in the reading quite often, probably every 10 minutes.

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Does not read every word of the book

I’m following along with my paperback but The audio is skipping over several sentences. Just read it yourself, no point.

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a classic for a reason

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor was first published in 1982. It tells the stories of seven African-American women living in poverty in an unnamed norther US city during the 1970s. The book is told in interlocking, connected short stories, with each one focusing on a different woman. Naylor weaves their relationships and their neighborhood together with each new story. The place is bleak and sad but their lives are rich, real and full.

Mattie Michael is the matriarch of Brewster Place. She is often meddling, but she guides the women and aids every decision made in the neighborhood. Kiswana is the name chosen by a woman who used to be called Melanie Brown. She is a college-dropout, feminist and activist. She leads the neighborhood into an organized association. Her influence is especially helpful to Cora Lee who is a single mother to eight and living in a two bedroom apartment. After seeing a live production of A Midsummer Night's Dream we have hope that Cora Lee's life is moving in a new direction. Also on the block are Sophie, who is nosy and intrusive, a gay couple (both teachers) named Lorraine and Teresa, and Mattie's friend Etta Mae. Sophie acts as an antagonist, and attempts to create tension between the other neighbors. When Kiswana determines to hold a fundraiser/block party we get to see all the women interact with one another a well as many previous residents. We also see how hard life was for the gay couple during that era.

I would love to find the adaptation done 30ish years ago if anyone knows where it can be viewed.

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Wonderfully written and performed

Gloria Naylor truly constructed a world full of women society makes invisible (often by choice). Black women who are subject to so many systems of racism and patriarchy, but still find a way to survive and live. Tonya Pinkins is an unsung talent in her ability to create a persona of each character, and truly weave her voice work in with the worlds of Naylor. This was awesomely sad, but I'm so glad I got to listen to these stories. It couldn't have been done better.

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movie was better

it was ok but the movie was much better. Was just ok for me.

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Powerful

Tonya Pinkins’ absolutely beautiful reading brings this powerful story to life. A must-listen audiobook.

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Heavily abridged

This title skips huge sections of text in the book. I do not recommend at all.

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Sense for Suvival

The individual women give and take from personal experiences around the men they've encountered. They either build, or hide within walls---struggling through these experiences. After tragedy strikes this man, they find the sense and strength to go on.

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Strongly Recommend

This book is beautifully written with descriptive imagery, amazing storytelling and examples of real life stories. The narrator is phenomenal and transforms into the many characters with ease. I absolutely enjoyed this book! ❤🖤💚