Synopses & Reviews
A world away from Brewster Place, yet intimately connected to it, lies Linden Hills. With its showcase homes, elegant lawns, and other trappings of wealth, Linden Hills is not unlike other affluent black communities. But residence in this community is indisputable evidence of "making it." Although no one knows what the precise qualifications are, everyone knows that only certain people get to live there -- and that they want to be among them.
Once people get to Linden Hills, the quest continues, more subtle, but equally fierce: the goal is a house on Tupelo Drive, the epitome of achievement and visible success. No one notices that the property on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale quickly; no one questions why there are always vacancies at Linden Hills.
In a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante's Inferno, Gloria Naylor reveals the truth about the American dream -- that the price of success may very well be a journey down to the lowest circle of hell.
"One is quickly beguiled... so gracefully does Miss Naylor fuse together the epic and the naturalistic, the magical and the real." -- The New York Times
"The most refreshing voice in the black idiom since readers first discovered Toni Morrison." -- Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land
"With Linden Hills, Naylor has constructed a place for herself among leading contemporary writers of fiction." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Every page contains a brilliant insight, a fine description, some petty and human, some grandiloquent." -- Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Gloria Naylor grew up in New York City, where she was born in 1950. She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the American Book Award for first fiction in 1983.