Book of the Week: Their Eyes Were Watching God

First published in 1937, this poignant and touching novel is still a best-seller. A classic of black literature, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a story of painfully obtained self-discovery and love that makes the soul come alive. Although many aspects of the story are tragic this is still a triumphant read.
I read this book way back in high school, but it left such a lasting impression that every few years I have to pick it up and read chapter 15, which is one of the most tender love scenes I have ever read. It ends with the man, Tea Cake, saying, “You’re something tuh make a man forgit tuh git old and forgit tuh die.” Deep sigh.


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