Here is another book I would have enjoyed more if I had read it back in my teens. I loved the way the stories were weaved together, each character connected to the other in some large or small way creating a sense of community. Naylor includes a lesbian couple at Brewster and am always happy to see gays and lesbians given a voice in black literature. However, the book has a Lifetime Movie Channel (which I also enjoyed as a teen) feel about it that I find kind of cheesy as an adult.
From the back cover:
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.