“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston will be discussed on zoom by the ACTS Race Matters Book Club on Mon November 28 @ 7 PM.
Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. I’m not sure why it has taken us five years to get this classic on to our reading/discussion list for Race Matters Book Club but here is your opportunity to explore this powerful search for identity and freedom.
She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her . . . When sixteen-year-old Janie is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Janie endures two stifling marriages before she finally meets the man of her dreams - who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds. 'Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the very greatest American novels of the 20th century. It is so lyrical it should be sentimental; it is so passionate it should be overwrought, but it is instead a rigorous, convincing and dazzling piece of prose, as emotionally satisfying as it is impressive.
As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action. There are more than 30 regular members of the book club from 13+ different congregations with an average of a dozen or more persons participating each month.
Come once or come often to share your thoughts with others on the journey.
To make your registration for the November 28 gathering, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com Zoom link will be sent to regular members and those registered closer to the discussion date.
Coming up after the December break are Jan 23 – “Cane River” by Lalita Tademy; Feb 27 – “Finding Me” by Viola Davis; Mar 27 – “That Bird Has My Wings” by Jarvis Jay Masters; Apr 24 – “New York Burning” by Jill Lepore; May 22 – “Homegoing: A Novel” by Yaa Gyasi; June 26 – TBA. It is not too soon to put them on your holiday gift list.
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