5 thoughts on “Linden Hills

  1. This is one I will be thinking about for quite a while.

    Linden Hills has a lot to say about conformity and passivity, and buying into pre-conceived views and standards. It deconstructs the American dream of success and wealth and progress, and Naylor specifically criticizes assimilation, conforming to white and patriarchal standards. The characters who have made it to Linden Hills have sacrificed everything of true value to live a lifestyle which on the outside symbolizes success, and their inner

  2. “If anything was the problem with Linden Hills, it was that nothing seemed to be what it really was. Everything was turned upside down in that place.”

    This is most definitely a book I’d deem a necessary inclusion in the “Essential Gloria Naylor Reads”.

    This is another amazing read. I read Gloria’s Mama Day when I was young and probably didn’t have the capacity to appreciate such books. Having read that one book, I kind of put her books to the side for decades as books that I was not too fond of

  3. The reason i love this book (besides the fact it is written by my favorite author) is that it provides a class, gender, race dialogue to dante’s inferno in a way that easier to understand than the classic novel. The parallels between Dante’s spiral into hell and the books exploration into Linden Hills are at the forefront of the novel. It gives you a perspective into the mind of how African American thought mixes with the so-called traditional literary canons…the end is sort of dull although i

  4. Back when I was in university (I believe that was about 5 minutes ago), I had a young professor who launched the first African-American Women’s Literature at Western. It was a seminar course, and I couldn’t wait until my 4th year when I’d be able to take it. And then, when I got there, it was offered in the same semester as another one I’d committed to, and I couldn’t take it. I was devastated, but the prof gave me his syllabus so I could read along, and that’s how I was introduced to Gloria Nay

  5. Many years ago, I was impressed by the Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor’s novel of vignettes about the Black residents of that fictional urban neighborhood. She revisits that universe to write about Linden Hills, a nearby wealthy subdivision. Linden Hills is Black America’s Coto de Caza, a wealthy and exclusive community where residents don’t own their homes but rather rent them for near-infinite terms from the descendant of the community’s founder, Luther Nedeed.

    Linden Hills, and the jour

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