Before I review this book, I need to go run and get it so I can quote, because...yum. I enjoyed the plot of this one--in particular, the idea that the trials of life don't seem nearly so difficult with marriage to someone you love. I loved that Janie found a life for herself, that she wanted, though clearly that option was available to her only when those in power over her were gone. It was an interesting social commentary, and it had its sad (and distressing) moments, but I honestly felt hopeful for Janie throughout. I will read this book again. But the real draw for me, here, was Hurston's writing. Wow, could this woman write. It's rare for me to find myself turning to page two and already feeling blown away by an author, but I found myself grinning at the sheer genius of some of her descriptions:(referring to the gossipy townsfolk on the store porch, watching Janie trudging back into town in the beginning of the book) "These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment."If you can't feel the powder-keg she's describing, you might be dead. She continues: "Seeing the woman as she was made them remember the envy they had stored up from other times. So they chewed up the back parts of their minds and swallowed with relish." It goes on, and it's amazing. Love, love, love. Come on, now. Is that not fantastic?