Their Eyes Were Watching God is not only a highly acclaimed piece of African American literature; it is an exploration of the human condition and the many facets of love and longing. The story revolves around Janie, an African American woman, who is pressured by her grandmother to marry a much older man, thus shattering all of her romantic, youthful notions of love and passion. She flees her elderly husband only to find herself ensnared in a relationship with a man whose sole aim in life appears to be to amass power and to keep her bound in a cage as his trophy wife. Janie eventually finds love along the way and is able to open herself completely to another person; however, being in love means making sacrifices. I cannot recommend this book enough; it should be on everyone's "must read" list.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3515.U789 T639 1990
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Ashley Bloomfield, Program Assistant, Rodgers Center
Rating: Highly Recommended