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Episode 9

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 July 2013

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston

Episode 9

Newly married to Tea Cake, Janie is truly happy living and working with him on 'the muck' in the Everglades. And in the evenings their homestead is the centre of all that's going on. Then one night there is a threat that the hurricane is coming.

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

A 1930s African-American classic which tells Janie's story in dazzling Southern prose

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 woman 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.

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

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