While not strictly an autobiographical novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God is set largely in Eatonville, FL, the town Zora Neale Hurston herself grew up in, and noted for being one of the few all-African American towns in the US when it was incorporated in 1887. It is in Eatonville that Janie lives with Jody and to Eatonville that she returns to her story with Pheoby.
How is the setting integral to the book? Do you think the same story could have taken place somewhere else?
Related links of interest:
St. Lucie County also holds its own ZoraFest annually
Zora Neale Hurston’s Fort Pierce home in St. Lucie County is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail (click on the tour markers for a virtual tour)