As I read Naylor’s novel, I tried to figure out whom the real victims are. Are they the mothers, the children, or is it the community? As I have stated in my previous blogs I am a sort of a feminist. I concern myself more often than not with women and children; I hardly feel any sympathy for the men in novels (sorry guys). In Naylor’s novel the focus is obviously centered on the women of the Brewster community. As we travel through each chapter we get to know each of the women and the trials through which they live, but we also realize the connections between these women and their community.
Each woman’s story is a testament to the importance of the community. Although they may not realize it they are all connected to one another and they all need each other. This is especially true of Lorraine. Lorraine has a basic human need that is never fulfilled in the novel; it is the need for acceptance. What makes up a community? Is it the lines drawn by a city board or is it something else?
How important is the “community?” What defines a community? That is an essential question that we must ask ourselves especially when we think about the city we live in, Baltimore. What are we doing to make the community a community? What are we doing to make it safe? As Jacobs points out safety within cities is deteriorating and we must ask ourselves what we as a community contribute to safety or lack there of. What role do human relationships and acceptance play in communities? I can’t pretend to know but, I do know that they are important.