Gloria Naylor 1950–
Black American novelist and short story writer.
Naylor, who has also published several short stories, elicited critical interest with her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place (1982). Subtitled A Novel in Seven Stories, the book concerns seven women residents of a ghetto housing project. Although their personal situations differ, they collectively share the problems of the black, urban female. Each chapter reads like a short story and focuses on one character and her interaction with the others.
Critics unanimously praise Naylor's controlled narrative ability and her lyrical, passionate prose. The Women of Brewster Place received the 1982 American Book Award for best first novel.
(See also Contemporary Authors, Vol. 107.)