Zora Neale Hurston produced some of the most provocative literature of the twentieth century. This book examines the numerous scenes of violence against women in her fictional works and the development of her feminist ideals. This groundbreaking book is the first full-length discussion of Hurston’s repetitive rendering of violently controlled women. It gives significant insight into why Hurston’s themes often questioned the power dynamics of heterosexual relationships. It also explores the effect of death and loss on Hurston’s life and reveals intertwined relationships between writing and healing.