The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

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Price
$28.99  $26.67
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
Pages
816
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062942937

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About the Author

Honorรฉe Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections. She is a critic at large for Kenyon Review and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.

Reviews

"As one of the most prolific poets of our time, Jeffers has penned a family saga that is just as brilliant as it is necessary, just as intimate as it is expansive. An outstanding portrait of an American family and in turn, an outstanding portrait of America."--Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give
If you read one book this year, choose this one. I went to bed thinking of Ailey Pearl Garfield and woke up thinking of her. With the arrival of this epic novel of family, race, and ancestral legacy, one of America's finest poets has announced herself as a storyteller of the highest magnitude. Absolutely brilliant.--Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench and Balm
"From our earliest roots, African and Indigenous, to our present-day realities weighed down by inequity and injustice, Jeffers writes about all of us with such tenderness and deep knowing. Hers is the gorgeous prose one expects from a gifted, accomplished poet, masterful and stunning, as she explores both the bountiful resilience of Black folks and the insidious depravity wrought by white supremacy. These Love Songs make for a frank, feminist, and unforgettable read."--Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
"In this dazzling debut, generations of high yellow and brown 'skin-ded' women in one Georgia family explore the complexities of kin, the legacies of trauma, with all the sharp corners and blind alleys of real life. Wise, funny, deeply moving, I can't tell you how much I love this book. A few times a generation a book comes along that gathers you up with its force, its insights, its sound and fury, its lyrical beauty. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is one of those books. Not merely a good novel, but a great and important one."--Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us
"A staggering and ambitious saga.... Themes of family, class, higher education, feminism, and colorism yield many rich layers. Readers will be floored.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Stunning.--People
A sprawling, ambitious debut novel that is as impassioned in promoting Black women's autonomy as it is insistent on acknowledging our common humanity.... Jeffers, a celebrated poet, manages the difficult task of blending the sweeping with the intimate.... If this isn't the Great American Novel, it's a mighty attempt at achieving one.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Poet Jeffers reinvigorates the multigenerational saga in her first novel, an audacious, mellifluous love song to an African American family.... Jeffers' lyrical cadences shimmer.... Incandescent and not to be missed."--Booklist (starred review)
"Prepare to be wholly engrossed.... This profound reading experience brought me a deep awareness of intergenerational trauma and triumph. [A] phenomenal saga... Jeffers's Ailey Pearl Garfield is one of the most fully realized central protagonists and interlocutors that I've encountered in fiction. Jeffers celebrates Black women not as saints or saviors, but brilliant survivors who embody joy and genius along with their history."--Observer
"This ambitious debut novel by a National Book Award-nominated poet chronicles the journey of an American family from the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to our present day, and one Black woman's coming-to-terms with her legacy.--USA Today
In her debut novel, celebrated poet Honorรฉe Fanonne Jeffers weaves an epic ancestral story.... From slavery to freedom, discrimination to justice, tradition to unorthodoxy, this story covers large parts of not just of Ailey's heritage but also America's.... The result is a dazzling tale of love and loss.... Comparisons to Toni Morrison are bound to be made and... The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois earns its place among such company, as Jeffers engages with and builds upon the legacy of African American literature as carefully and masterfully as she does the narrative of Ailey's family.--BookPage
"Three talented narrators transport listeners with this absorbing novel. This lyrical debut, which is at once expansive and intimate, explores timely issues of intergenerational trauma, colorism, class divides, and higher education.... Narrator Adenrele Ojo could teach a master class in narration with her flawless portrayals of the intelligent, sensitive Ailey; her wise, courageous Uncle Root; and the other unforgettable contemporary family members."--AudioFile
"This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain... and so much more. In Jeffers's deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel."--Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone and Another Brooklyn