ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL NOVELS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY'This novel is a packet of surprises as we have no idea what's going to happen next' GUARDIAN'One of the greatest writers of our time' TONI MORRISON'Devilishly funny and academically solid: delicious mixture' MAYA ANGELOU'There is no novel I love more' ZADIE SMITHShe was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her . . . When, at sixteen, Janie is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres.
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