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

HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including the 2020 National Book Award and PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry-longlisted collection The Age of Phillis. She was a contributor to The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in the Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and other literary publications. Jeffers is a 2021 United States Artists Fellow, was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen U.S. presidents, and is Critic at Large for the Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at University of Oklahoma.

Reviews

"Perhaps the most exciting poet-becomes-novelist shift of the year."--Book Page
"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' 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
"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