Every six weeks FCV, with input from the FCV Book Club, will choose a book to read as a group. The books are inspired by both Florida and the work we do. We will meet virtually with each other and discuss the book. You are welcome to participate or simply listen in. If you're interested, join today!

With haunting sympathy and piercing immediacy, Their Eyes Were Watching God

tells the story of Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through three marriages. Light-skinned, long-haired, dreamy as a child, Janie grows up expecting better treatment than she gets until she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who engages her heart and spirit in equal measure and gives her the chance to enjoy life without being a man’s mule or adornment. Though Jaine’s story does not end happily, it does draw to a satisfying conclusion. Janie is one black woman who doesn’t have to live lost in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, instead Janie proclaims that she has done “two things everbody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.”

Discussion Date

August 13 at 6:00 p.m.
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