Gloria Naylor, whose debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place,” whose book won a National Book Award and was adapted into an acclaimed mini-series that starred and was produced by Oprah Winfrey, has died, reports New York Times.
Naylor, whose stories chronicling the experiences of black women in the 1980s and 1990s drew wide acclaim, died at age 66.
Her debut novel in 1982, "The Women of Brewster Place," follows seven black women in an urban housing project through the trials and triumphs of friendship, family, sexual identity and violence.
Naylor said she became a writer because she felt the perspectives of black women like herself were underrepresented in America literature.
"I wanted to write a book that would reflect the diversity and the richness of the black female experience in America -- and no one woman could do that for me, and no one geographical location could do that for me," she said in an interview with the National Book Foundation.
"That's when the idea got born that Brewster Place would be a microcosm of American society, that on that street would come all of these different women, and what they would share would be that wall."
News of her death drew tributes from authors, writers, journalists and people from all over the world.
Naylor’s other books included Linden Hills, Mama Day and Bailey’s Cafe. Her most recent work, a lightly fictionalized memoir titled “1996” (2005), documented her theories about government surveillance and mind control, including a technology by which words are planted in a person’s head.
She later taught at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and other colleges.
She is survived by her sister, Bernice Harrison; her niece; and a nephew.