Their eyes were watching God is a story about Janie Crawford, a beautiful black woman, living in Florida in the early 20th century. It is written by Zora Neale Hurston, and First published in 1937. Hurston wrote this novel in just seven weeks during a trip to Haiti in 1937. This novel is the timeline of Janie’s life. From the very beginning to the when she returns home at the age of 40. When she returns to her hometown of Eatonville after being away for about a year, instead of being welcomed back she is mocked and gossiped about. And many were wondering why she was dressed in mudding overalls and returning without her husband, Tea Cake, who was much younger than her. Janie’s closet friend Pheoby went to her house to find out what has really happened while she was gone and why she really came back. Janie wanted to tell pheoby everything that happened so that Pheoby would all the women gossiping about her what really happened. Because Janie knew that if they didn’t know the real story, they would just make one up themselves. Janie begins telling Pheoby her story, starting at the very beginning, her childhood. Janie’s grandmother, the nanny, was a slave who was raped by her owner, which resulted in the birth of Janie’s mother who was than rapped as well but by her school teacher, resulting in the birth of Janie. Janie’s mother eventually began drinking and staying out all night. She ultimately ran away, leaving Janie behind to be raised by her grandmother who had one wish for Janie, to get married to a nice man who had enough money to provide for Janie and to give her everything she (nanny) could never give to her. Janie hated this idea and didn’t want to get married.This novel is about a woman searching for her own voice and for her freedom in a society that didn’t let women think that way, especially black women. I loved that this book was written in the characters true authentic dialect, which to me is what makes this such an amazing book. Janie’s story brought a number of emotions: happiness, sadness, love, fear, and a feeling of power. Although her story is sometimes bittersweet and unfair, it is also heart-warming. It is the story of a woman who decides to take her fate into her own hands and in the end, she finds true love. This is a book that I would recommend to friends to read.