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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349012223

Price: £8.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

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With a new introduction by JESMYN WARD

Born on the wrong side of the creek, John Buddy Pearson, the son of a slave, has come a long way since his shoeless days. With some schooling, a job and marriage to clever Lucy Potts, his fortunes are looking up. But, unable to resist the lure of women or a fight, he’s forced to flee town or face life on the chain gang.

John finds himself in Sanford, Florida, and sends for Lucy and the children. There, he discovers a talent for preaching, and, with the support of his wife, becomes pastor of Zion Hope Church, rousing his congregation with his fervent sermons. He is now a pillar of the community, respected and popular. Before long, though, he is praying for his own sins – for his powers of persuasion aren’t limited to the pulpit – and the town won’t stand for his philandering ways.

Originally published in 1934, this is Zora Neale Hurston’s first novel.

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One of the greatest writers of our time
Toni Morrison
Zora Neale Hurston was a knockout in her life, a wonderful writer and a fabulous person. Devilishly funny and academically solid: delicious mixture
Maya Angelou
A bold and beautiful book, many a page priceless and unforgettable
Carl Sandburg