Why did I love this book?
Hurston portrays African American vernacular culture like no other writer.
Reading her Harlem Renaissance novel about an African American female searching for identity helped determine the type of writer I wanted to be. Hurston is known for her diction and poetic techniques: the characters in her novel are revealed in rich, careful metaphors and similes.
As a young writer, I wanted to emulate Hurston’s ability to warp language into something so eloquent, hoping that one day the literary world might read my work and think of hers. She also taught me that I should choose my own style in developing my work because no one author’s interpretation or abilities could ever define the depth of African American culture.
Reading her novel helped me understand how important it was to find my place within that rich tradition.