Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A powerful book about Janie Crawford, a Black woman trying to live the way she wants to live in 1930s America. We are taken through her life and her 3 marriages and see her as she grows, changes, and adapts with age and experience.

This uses the Black vernacular of the time. It’s a bit hard to get into at first but once you crack the code your mind just reads it automatically. The book is full of beautiful prose about life, and love. Not a lot may happen in the whole book but Janie changes a lot in her circumstance, and her being.

From what I’ve read about this book, it is very important in black studies. I can’t expound a lot on that here, but I don’t think you have to be studying this book in university to enjoy it. There is a timelessness encapsulated in this book about just living, and trying to figure out your life that anyone - white, black, man or woman can identify with.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #32 in my 2022 Reading Challenge

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