Alle edited this work X-tra Credit: Soapbox and Such

Ten Days. Ten Books: Day Two: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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.

I read Their Eyes Were Watching God in my first-ever Women’s Studies class. I was nineteen years old and in 10Eyes Watching Godlove with Zora Neale Hurston’s lush prose. Set in rural Florida at the turn of the 20th century, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a most intense and most-er satisfying telling of Janie Crawford’s journey as a beautiful, light-skinned black girl to a woman with agency.

It is not surprising that, commercially, the book did terribly. Hurston and who else cared about the lives of Black women in the late 1930s, when the book was written?

Rediscovered in the 1970s, Their Eyes Were Watching God went on to greatly influence the work of the next wave of African-American writers such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Rita Mae Brown.




By Alle C Hall, writer!

Alle C. Hall’s flash fiction placed as a finalist for The 2020 Lascaux Prize. Longer work appears most recently in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review; as well as in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), and Another Chicago Magazine. Formerly an associate editor at Vestal Review, Alle's additional “wins” include: a Best of the Net nomination; First Place in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition; and finalist or semi-finalist in the contests of: Boulevard Magazine, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Hippocampus, and Memoir Magazine.

Claim to fame: interviewed Leonard Nimoy. He was a bit of a pill; disappointing.

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• Alle blogs at About Childhood: Answers for Writers, Parents, and Former Children. (

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