The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonorée Fanonne Jeffers

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

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION • A FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION • SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE • A NOMINEE FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD A New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year • A Time Must-Read Book of the Year • A Washington Post 10 Best Books of the Year • A Oprah Daily Top 20 Books of the Year • A People 10 Best Books of the Year • A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year • A BookPage Best Fiction Book of the Year • A Booklist 10 Best First Novels of the Year • A Kirkus 100 Best Novels of the Year • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10 Best Southern Books of the Year • A Parade Pick • A Chicago Public Library Top 10 Best Books of the Year • A KCRW Top 10 Books of the Year An Instant Washington Post, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller "Epic…. I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family…. A combination of historical and modern story—I’ve never read anything quite like it. It just consumed me." —Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Book Club Pick An Indie Next Pick • A New York Times Book Everyone Will Be Talking About • A People 5 Best Books of the Summer • A Good Morning America 15 Summer Book Club Picks • An Essence Best Book of the Summer • A Washington Post 10 Books of the Month • A CNN Best Book of the Month • A Time 11 Best Books of the Month • A Ms. Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A BookPage Writer to Watch • A USA Today Book Not to Miss • A Chicago Tribune Summer Must-Read • An Observer Best Summer Book • A Millions Most Anticipated Book • A Ms. Book of the Month • A Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Pick • A BiblioLifestyle Most Anticipated Literary Book of the Summer • A Deep South Best Book of the Summer • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award  The 2020 NAACP Image Award-winning poet makes her fiction debut with this National Book Award-longlisted, magisterial epic—an intimate yet sweeping novel with all the luminescence and force of Homegoing; Sing, Unburied, Sing; and The Water Dancer—that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to our own tumultuous era.  The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers—Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders. Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead. To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story—and the song—of America itself.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Honorée Fanonne Jeffers) Book Reviews

Life changingThis book truly will stick with you forever. It ‘s notes of history, while also tying into present day story lines will have you weep, laugh and warm your heart. Beautifully written. This book should be a must read!.Score: 5/5

Wonderful ReadFirst book in many years that held my attention (by it’s historical detail) and fed my spirit ( with characters that had purpose in the story telling). Thank You.Score: 5/5

A must readI am amazed of how little I knew until I read this book and am so very glad I did. Historical fiction is a wonderful way to get deeply invested in our history..Score: 5/5

Enthralling Family Epic that touches many spectrum of the black experienceThis book is nothing short of amazing—the layers of family history, strength and courage that prevailed in spite of the trauma is humbling. I found myself laughing, crying and unpacking many of the things in my life and history that I hadn’t gave voice to—This book gives VOICE to stories that are typically not told in detail, the underpinnings that you don’t understand and cannot see but are pivotal to understanding why people are who they are and act the way they do. As a black woman who hails from a South Carolina native and African lineage—it echoes the truths of my ancestors. I am so grateful that the author is a willing vessel of the divine ancestors to bring forth this important work. This book came to life—healing, inspiration, pride and self love were all things that the journey through “The Love Songs…” gifted me and my life. Powerful and timeless. I usually move on quickly to my next read, but I need a period of processing with this one. May we continue to be the best of our ancestors and triumph over all limitations and curses that they couldn’t. Keche. 🙏🏽.Score: 5/5

A Fascinating Work of Historical FictionThis book is a totally engrossing work of historical fiction worth reading and re-reading. The author traces the history of a southern family of African American and Native American ancestry. She skillfully weaves together the stories of the modern family with the tales of its ancestors. The book spares few details and some scenes and interactions are quite disturbing. However, we are left with many positive impressions of the characters, their will to survive and overcome hardships, and their strong family bonds. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something complex and totally absorbing..Score: 5/5

Beautifully craftedThis narrative was exceptionally crafted, detailing both Black trauma and triumphs by exploring history on a deep level. Intertwining the lived realities of Black ancestry with the present-day, one takes a journey from the inception of colonization and the brutalities of slavery to dive into the multi-layered challenges faced by Black communities on a micro-level as equality is fought for through the centuries. This work is truly illuminating, capturing the battle for Black livelihood with education serving as a vessel to combat systemic oppression..Score: 5/5

A must readAll of us must read this book to understand the horrid history of the USA . The author uses the voices of resilient woman to help so understand family and commitment during such cruel times..Score: 5/5

AmazingAiley and her family feel so real. Each woman’s story told was so interesting. It made me desperate to know the stories of the women who came before me in my family. I want to discuss this book with others. History, racism, feminism, rape, drug addiction, marriage….so much more A great read.Score: 5/5

A must readThis was a wonderful historical novel based on the actual life and times of our unfortunate and perhaps uncomfortable American history. A must read, therefore a no doubt banned, piece of literature..Score: 5/5

WonderfulBest book I’ve read this year!.Score: 5/5

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