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Jonah's Gourd Vine

  • Author
    • Zora Neale Hurston
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With a new introduction by JESMYN WARD

'Fierce, insightful and often devilishly funny' COLIN GRANT, GUARDIAN

'One of the greatest writers of our time' TONI MORRISON

'A bold and beautiful book' CARL SANDBURG

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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  • Published: Feb 13 2020
  • Pages: 240
  • 196 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9780349012223
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Press Reviews

  • Maya Angelou

    Zora Neale Hurston was a knockout in her life, a wonderful writer and a fabulous person. Devilishly funny and academically solid: delicious mixture
  • Toni Morrison

    One of the greatest writers of our time
  • Carl Sandburg

    A bold and beautiful book, many a page priceless and unforgettable
  • Colin Grant

    Fierce, insightful and often devilishly funny, her satirical writing is particularly biting