Okay, readers, it’s time to get down to it and talk about The Women of Brewster Place. I’ll tell you, I read this back in September and my memory is . . . not great. I should have watched the movie version with Oprah, both Kym and Bonny recommended it, but I just never made the time. We’ll just have to muddle through this discussion based on my recollections and some questions to get you thinking.
I’m always fascinated by stories about women, how they interact with each other, how they interact with men, how they find their places in the world. I’m going to ask just a few questions related to the women in this book and I hope you will find something worthy of discussing.
- What do you think of the novel’s structure? How does each woman’s individual voice reinforce the novel’s themes as a whole?
- Each of these women is capable of enormous love, but they are often hurt by their loved ones. What do you think Naylor is saying about a woman’s capacity for love? Is this sort of love “worth it”? Would these women be happier if they had hardened their hearts to those who eventually let them down?
- Many of these women came from the South and Naylor portrays it as both a land of plenty and a land of harsh deprivation. How are these women’s lives different living in the North–are they happier? more fulfilled? more subject to racial bias? Is there more opportunity for them in Brewster Place than in the South?
I look forward to reading your thoughts on these questions. Don’t forget to check out Kym’s and Bonny’s blogs today, too, discussions are taking place all over blogland! And if you’d like to join us for our Zoom discussion tonight at 7:00pm it’s not too late – just let me know and I’ll make sure you get an invite!