Their Eyes Were Watching God

Novel by Zora Neale Hurston


“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.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, simply put, is a life. It is nothing more or less than the measure of all the letters we could write. It is an image of the growth and eventuality of person and meaning that human life encompasses. It is briefer and more meager than many other attempts to render the same thing. Because of this, it is more accurate.

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