Mama Day Summary
Gloria Naylor's first novel,The Women of Brewster Place (1982), made her an overnight success, but her third novel, Mama Day (1988), solidified her reputation as one of the foremost authors of the African-American women's fiction renaissance along with Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, and others. Although reviewers were initially confused by the novel's mixture of realism and the supernatural, most readers consider Mama Day a powerful and richly-layered depiction of how the past and the present, the real and the unreal, the living and the dead, the natural and the supernatural converge in the lives of African- Americans.
The novel juxtaposes the story of a successful African-American businessman, George, who has grown up in New York City, cut off from any sense of where he or his people came from, with that of a young African-American woman, Cocoa, who must come to terms with her powerful ancestral legacy...
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Gloria Naylor Biographies (4)
1,287 words, approx. 5 pages
The author Gloria Naylor (born 1950) wrote novels that emphasized the strengths of women, especially African American women, and the effects on the lives of people of racism, sexism, and the drive for...
2,174 words, approx. 8 pages
"I . . . wanted to be a writer from the time I was twelve or thirteen years old. But whether that was going to be a probable goal for me didn't come up as an issue for me until my college years," nove...
3,834 words, approx. 13 pages
The emergence of Gloria Naylor on the American literary scene was sudden--The Women of Brewster Place (1982) was her first book--and intense, as Naylor added her voice to those of the few black women ...
5,719 words, approx. 20 pages
As author of The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor has assured her place in a body of literature which she has revered since childhood, a reverence owed directly to her mother. "My parents were f...