Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston about the life of African-American woman named Janie Crawford and the three marriages she struggles through. Logan Killicks, her first husband, desires her only as a domestic worker so she runs off with Jody Starks. In Eatonville, Jody becomes mayor but dominates and constrains Janie. After he dies, she marries Tea Cake, whom she is forced to shoot after he contracts rabies. The novel deals with themes of race, love, freedom and femininity.