Their Eyes Were Watching God is the inspiring story of Janie Crawford, an independent African-American woman living in the racially charged deep South during the early 1900s. The story is told from Janie's viewpoint as she conveys the events of her life to her best friend so that she may pass it on to the community at large, which is nosily curious about Janie's colorful life. Covering three major portions of Janie's life with each span of time corresponding to a marriage to a different man, this seminal novel is at its core a powerfully moving love story. Throughout a life of difficult circumstances, numerous tragedies and great hardships Janie never abandons her most sacred ideal - that a marriage cannot exist without love.
Poignant and poetic, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a celebration of early 20th century African-American heritage and culture. Written in a uniquely lyrical and sensual prose this novel is celebrated as not only a watershed moment in African-American literature but women's literature as well.
First published in 1937 and now available in this wonderful unabridged audiobook adaptation, Their Eyes Were Watching God enjoys widespread critical acclaim and recognition as a treasured classic in American literature.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to seventy 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. Download and start listening now!