Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary. As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors as Langston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. But unfortunately, despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was always short of money. Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant to an actress, Zora often found herself in abject poverty. Through it all, Zora kept writing. And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive, she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew they had found an important voice of American Literature.
Judith Bloom Fradin collaborated with her husband, Dennis Brindell Fradin, on several award-winning books for young readers, including Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement and Fight On!: Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
"This accessible biography introduces Zora Neale Hurston's remarkable life and work to a new generation of readers."—Booklist
"Fradin continues his tradition of writing superbly researched biographies."—VOYA, 4Q 3P M J
"Zora Neale Hurston and her times come alive in this introduction for young readers."—Kirkus
"Zora's creative, hopeful, and complicated personality shines through this compelling profile."—Publishers Weekly
"The writing is straightforward and engaging, and the numerous archival photographs and reproductions add interest and clarification."—School Library Journal
"[An] engaging account of Hurston's life . . . this well-documented biography is pleasurable reading as well as informative."—Horn Book
"[Zora!] features the humor and heartache of the life of a brilliant but largely underappreciated writer who only became really well known after her death."—Bulletin —