Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
Updated: Mar 16
Two generations after slavery, Janie, a young black woman in Florida, lives a life of apparent freedom. But even without the cage of slavery, her life is still limited by the expectations of her Grandmother, the expectations of the men in her life, and the whims of a seemingly indifferent God.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a classic! and wow it turns out that it’s really good! Who knew? Here we have a straightforward tale of romance and adventure, told as plainly as you want but dusted with gorgeous poetry. There are no long paragraphs of flowery language. Instead you just get these perfect sentences that describe a feeling so succinctly it’s as if the feeling was describing itself.
Lovable characters, and an action packed adventure that's as ornate as a cathedral.
Big ups to my mom for giving me this bad boy!