FILE - In this Oct. 9, 1992 file photo, Gloria Naylor, author of "The Women of Brewster Place," poses at her home in New York. Naylor’s death was confirmed, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, by Cara Reilly, an assistant at the literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic. Reilly provided no other details. Naylor was 66. (AP Photo/Tom Keller, File)

“The Women of Brewster Place” is Naylor’s self-described “love letter” to a determined community of seven African-American women in a decaying housing project, the exact location unspecified. It was published in 1982 and praised by The New York Times as “emotionally satisfying and technically accomplished,” with Brewster Place itself the narrative’s star. “Brewster Place” won the National Book Award for best first fiction and was often likened to novels by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker among others as landmark books by black women.