"The Women of Brewster Place" by Gloria Naylor

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Lucielia's Conflict With Reality The novel The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor focuses on the stories of several women who have refused to accept their own realities, causing them to create new realities for themselves. In "Lucielia Louise Turner," a woman's life is almost destroyed because she believes that she cannot survive the burden of truth. However, through a mother line, from the wisdom passed on by a life-experienced woman Mattie, Lucielia learns …

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…by taking Lucielia on a historical tour of mothers and daughters from ancient Greece to modern times, who have been killed and torn apart by ignorance and hate. Mattie's actions baptize Lucielia and give her a clear view of her static role in her fantasy life. Lucielia moves from being a "girl" living in a fantasy world to a wise, African American woman living in the real world, where fantasy has no chance of survival.