Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Gloria Naylor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Gloria Naylor

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Gloria Naylor * The author whose 1982 debut novel "The Women of Brewster Place" won a National Book Award and launched her to the fore of a wave of acclaimed black female writers that included Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, died Sept. 28 (2016) at her home in the U.S. Virgin Islands town of Christiansted. She was 66.

The cause was a heart attack, said her literary agent, Sterling Lord.

As a novelist, Ms. Naylor was unusual in "telling the stories of individuals whose voices have been excluded from the literary and social mainstream whether because of race, class, gender or sexual preference," said Maxine Montgomery, an English professor at Florida State University who has written two books on Naylor.

"The Women of Brewster Place," widely considered her finest work, featured the interconnected stories of seven African-American women who live in a dilapidated housing project mired in poverty and sexual violence. …

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