Setting: Florida, 1930s
Length: 193 pages
Interest: It was a Time top 100 book
Summary: We get a first-hand account of Janie Crawford’s life. She heads off to Eatonville, a town run by blacks. She’s married to the man who becomes mayor of the town. He sets her up on a pedestal, so when he dies, Janie wants to have some fun. She ends up marrying Tea Cake, who is much younger and includes her in everything. They go down to the muck in the Everglades, picking beans and living together happily. Their time together is cut short by a hurricane and a rabid dog.
Final thoughts: A thoroughly enjoyable book. It’s not something I would have picked up on my own, which is why I read other people’s lists of “good” books. Not a lot of action, but the way the story is laid out puts you in the shoes of the protagonist very nicely. While it was written in the present, reading it now, the book is a bit of historical (although not THAT long ago) fiction. The author manages to give Tea Cake a rather unique death (getting bitten by a rabid dog). The book is apparently a very important female coming-of-age book amongst blacks. It felt so short after the Game of Thrones books.
Title comes from: I’m not sure. I don’t remember the phrase showing up in the book at all.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since the review is of a book I read in a previous year.