Sharony Green • Book Talk & Signing
Join Ernest & Hadley Booksellers on Friday, February 16, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM as we welcome Sharony Green back for a book discussion and signing, featuring Hilary Green and Trudier Harris, as we discuss her latest work: The Chase and Ruins: Zora Neale Hurston in Honduras.
A fascinating look at a pivotal period in Zora Neale Hurston's life that reimagines her complicated legacy.
Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer best known for her classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, led a complicated life often marked by tragedy and contradictions. When both she and her writing fell out of favor after the Harlem Renaissance, she struggled not only to regain an audience for her novels but also to simply make ends meet. In The Chase and Ruins, Sharony Green uncovers an understudied but important period of Hurston's life: her stay in Honduras in the late 1940s.
Hurston's experience in Honduras has much to teach us about Black women's lives and the thorny politics of postwar America as well as America's long and complicated entanglement with Central America. In an attempt to find historical meaning in an extraordinary woman's conceptions of herself in a changing world, Green unearths letters, diaries, literary writings, research reports, and other archival materials. The Chase and Ruins encourages us to reckon with and reimagine Hurston's fascinating life in all of its complexity and contradictions.
Award-winning writer Sharony Green is an associate professor of history at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America.