Title Profile & Character Information

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Annotation

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman, who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.

Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later, Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.



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