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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Year Published: 1937

Description: Set in Florida in the early 20th century, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston tells the story of Janie Crawford, who was conceived in rape and raised by her grandmother, a former slave who herself became pregnant with Janie's mother by her owner.  In hopes of providing Janie a better future, her grandmother arranges her marriage to a farmer, but Janie eventually runs away and subsequently marries two other men.  Against this backdrop, the novel portrays Janie's self-discovery and the experiences of, and bonds between, black women.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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