Their Eyes Were Watching God is by Zora Neale Hurston. A must read classic! A novel that was lost for years before being rediscovered in the 1970s. It was initially rejected due to its strong black female protagonist, and by writer's of the Harlem Renaissance such as Richard Wright, who felt the Negro dialect was insulting to blacks. Hurston using spellbinding lyrical prose, tells the story of Janie. Raised by her grandmother, who arranged her first marriage, she marries three husbands and is tried for murdering one of them. This is a mesmerizing love story which reflects the real lives of black women in the segregated South. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: 12th grade - 10 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).