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Episode 5

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 19 July 2013

Written by Zora Neale Hurston

Episode 5
Now Joe is Mayor of Eatonville he doesn't want his wife mixing with the ordinary townsfolk - to Janie's frustration. And when she ventures to make her feelings known, he starts to criticise her.

This African-American classic was first published in the 1930s and is seen as one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in America. Nearly every black female writer of significance - including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker - acknowledges Zora Neale Hurston as her literary foremother.

"A rigorous, convincing and dazzling piece of prose, as emotionally satisfying as it is impressive." Zadie Smith

Read by Adjoa Andoh
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Credits

Reader
Adjoa Andoh
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Jane Marshall
Abridger
Jane Marshall
Author
Zora Neale Hurston

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