Title Profile & Character Information

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Annotation

"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. The audio is performed by the legendary Ruby Dee.



Awards
2000-2001  Audie Award

Characters
NameCrawford, Janie
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Independent

GenreSouthern fiction
Coming of age
Literary
Classic
Fiction
TopicsAfrican American women
African American culture
Women's lives
Relationships
Hardship
Self-discovery
SettingEaton, Florida
Small town