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- Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), widely considered Hurston's finest work, is a novel concerning the life and loves of woman growing up in an all-black community. It offers an exuberant and affirmative picture of love and self-realization.
- Mules and Men (1935) is a collection of folktales that Hurston recorded from her native town of Eatonville, Florida. She shares them with an insider's appreciation of their social and philosophical messages and a storyteller's flare for language.
- The Blacker the Berry (1929), Wallace Thurman's Harlem Renaissance classic, tells the story of how intra-race color prejudice affects one family.
- The Color Purple (1983), by Alice Walker (an African-American novelist who contributed to Hurston's rediscovery and who was greatly influenced by her writing), portrays a woman overcoming oppression by men and discovering herself in the rural South.
- Paradise (1998), by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison weaves a rich tapestry of history as she tells the story of an all-black town and the strange and powerful women who reside at a nearby nunnery.
- Mama Day (1989), a novel by Gloria Naylor describes several generations of love, jealousy, and magic in a black community on a fictional island off of Georgia.
- Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo (1982), Ntozake Shange's novel about the experiences of three artistic African-American sisters, mixes traditional storytelling with innovation.