Gloria Naylor wrote one of my favorite books, “The Women of Brewster Place”. I probably consider it one of my favorites because it is full of women characters, colorful characters I could draw monologues from.
Naylor’s debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place, was published in 1982 and won the 1983 National Book Award in the category First Novel. It was adapted as a 1989 television miniseries of the same name by Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Productions.
Naylor’s work is featured in such anthologies as Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction (ed. Terry McMillan, 1990), Calling the Wind: Twentieth-Century African-American Short Stories (ed. Clarence Major, 1992) and Daughters of Africa (ed. Margaret Busby, 1992).
Thank you for such amazing literature! Happy birthday and we remember you!
what she had in her womb was a surprise. a double breath and the joy of being her own friend.
what she had in her womb was her mother’s shame. but her grandmother knew the owner in the clouds and told her she was perfect.
what she had in her womb was a new conversation for him after games. a reason for him to be proud of his inventions and trust the shortcuts in life.
she can only hope he is a great as Mandela. how was he made?
she can only hope he is destined like Barack. what did his mother do?
what she had in her womb was a surprise. and she named him Trayvon.
and he became known all over the world.
and like Mandela he is impactful.
and like Barack people rally to support him.
her grandmother knew the owner in the clouds and told her she was perfect. he continues to be conversation after the games.
he did have a destiny. not the one she prayed on / not even the one he himself planned out. but he is impactful and known all over the world this surprise that was once in her womb. he just didn’t experience it.