In Zora Neale Hurston's timeless novel, we follow the resilient Janie Crawford on her journey for love and self-discovery in the rural South. In the soft veil of the night, Janie returns to her hometown to pass down her story to her closest confidant, Phoebe. Through a story-within-story frame, the world blossoms from the pear tree "soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees" to Janie's reclamation of her story and her life. Nothing short of a literary treasure, Hurston remains one of America's most remarkable and celebrated storytellers.
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"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." --Zadie Smith
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years--due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist--Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.