The Six Fools by Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston

Who's the biggest fool?

Is it the girl who floods her basement with cider, the man who jumps into his pants, the farmer who feeds his cow on the roof, or the woman who tries to fill her wheelbarrow with sunshine?

Based on a story collected by Zora Neale Hurston during her travels in 1930s Gulf States, The Six Fools is an outrageously funny tale about a dashing young man who finds foolish folks aplenty and true love!


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Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, "Marked By Fire", and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her first picture book, "Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea". Her other titles include "I Have Heard Of A Land", a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; "The Gospel Cinderella"; "cCrowning Glory"; "Gingerbread Days"; and "A Gathering Of Flowers". Ms. Thomas lives in Berkeley, California. Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1901 in Eatonville, Fla. She left home at the age of 17, finished high school in Baltimore, and went on to study at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University before becoming one of the most prolific writers in the Harlem Renaissance. Her works included novels, essays, plays, and studies in folklore and anthropology. Her most productive years were the 1930s and early 1940s. It was during those years that she wrote her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, worked with the Federal Writers Project in Florida, received a Guggenheim fellowship, and wrote four novels. She is most remembered for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She died penniless and in obscurity in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1973, her grave was rediscovered and marked and her novels and autobiography have since been reprinted.
Published January 1, 2006 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story is very close to European versions, except that it closes with a woman trying to haul sunshine into her kitchen in a wheelbarrow, followed by an unusual tagline from the storyteller: “By that time I left”—for which Tanksley supplies a closing view of the newlyweds departing on a cruise ...

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The narrative opens as "a dashing young man" proposes to a young woman who, when fetching cider to celebrate, starts daydreaming about what she'd name her firstborn and completely forgets about her fiancé.

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