Jonah's Gourd Vine Paperback / softback
Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
Paperback / softback
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.