In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston weaves a mesmerizing tale of Janie Mae Crawford’s struggle to claim control of her life, by resisting the restrictions forced on young black women in the 1930’s south. Janie recounts the haunting details to her best friend Pheoby. Abandoned by her mother, Janie is raised by her loving, but strict grandmother. After a stifling adolescence and two bad marriages, she finds herself widowed and independent for the first time in her life. The promise of fulfillment, in the form of her first genuine love, Tea Cake, lures her from the all-black town of Eatonville to the Florida Everglades, where she and Tea Cake build a life together, working side-by-side in the fields, answerable only to themselves and Nature. Janie is reveling in her newfound freedom and love when the worst hurricane in Florida history threatens to strip her of all her hard-won happiness. Hurston’s satisfying classic novel blends folklore and fantasy, revealing moments of sheer joy amid the rigid realities of life, love, and loss.