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Recommendation: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (read by Ruby Dee)


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (read by Ruby Dee)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (read by Ruby Dee)


Nothing short of exquisite. The story is magnificent and Ruby Dee's reading is intoxicating. I couldn't stop listening. Seriously.


The publisher's summary of the book, from Goodreads.com is as follows:


Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.


This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.


Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.


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About Susan Edsall


Writing is how I make my way through the thicket of what we’ve made of this planet we’re on. It takes me a long time and lots of words. Social media mystifies me. How do so many people have so much to say, so quickly, and with such resolute certainty? Read more about Susan >



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