This is such an amazing piece of work! I am originally from Orlando Florida so reading this novel portraying African-Americans during the early 1900's in Eatonville,FL. was endearing. Zora Neale Hurston is one of the pioneers of American literature as well as the Harlem Renaissance. A Florida Native herself she is rumored to have had a romantic relationship with Langston Hughes, a close and notable colleague.
When main character Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Refusing to compromise in spite of society's expectations, Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams, who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds...
I could not put this down and I'm almost heartbroken that's it's over. It's been a while since I've read something that made me smile to myself without even knowing it. The main character Janie is a beautiful spirit and Zora walks you through her journey of love, lost, and liberation. Her lovers are colorful characters portrayed in their own unique way and they have you sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation of their next adventure.