Can love and independence coexist? - Tanya Boucicaut
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Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story that takes us on a journey through a Black woman’s coming-of-age quest for self-discovery to answer her significant questions about life, womanhood, partnership, satisfaction, and happiness. This novel exemplifies the range of the human condition that demonstrates that so much has changed yet has stayed the same. As readers, we see themes such as systemic racism in the criminal justice system, colorism, cycles of death, grief, mourning, and new beginnings. Nature and spirituality are portrayed as major characters in life that can impose and shift the course of our lives without warning.
Since 1975, numerous authors and scholars alike have written about the extraordinary legacy and brilliance of Zora Neale Hurston, the most notable being award-winning author Alice Walker. After Hurston’s death, her work and her unmarked grave were largely hidden from the public consciousness until she was rediscovered by Walker in her article, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” published in Ms. Magazine in 1975, and later renamed “Looking for Zora” in Walker’s acclaimed book, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. Walker’s article and many subsequent publications, interviews, lectures, and panels surrounding Hurston’s legacy would cement Hurston’s position in the larger public consciousness.
In 2005, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions produced an ABC primetime television film adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God directed by Darnell Martin with the teleplay written by Suzan-Lori Parks, Misan Sagay, and Bobby Smith Jr.
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