Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This classic of Florida and Afro-American literature was the perfect re-read during Black History Month. Zora Neale Hurston's life story of being put down by members of the literary establishment, and cleaning houses in her later years, is now well known, thanks to Alice Walker and historians who've helped us reclaim our great women writers. But not everyone has actually read her work, and that's a shame. Ms. Hurston had a gift for dialogue and bringing characters to life--poor, uneducated characters who through her skilled craft become people to take note of.

As a romance writer I also have to acknowledge the great love story of Janie and Tea Cake. Their struggles together, their care for one another--it resonates down through time. Janie is one of my favorite heroines. She's strong, capable, aware of her own sexual needs and is willing to go for satisfaction and not settle for anything less.

I highly recommend this book as one of the great Florida stories and a great love story.

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