66 pages 2 hours read

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

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

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2021

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers follows Ailey Pearl Garfield's life across multiple generations, weaving her coming-of-age story in late 20th-century Georgia with the histories of her African, European, and Creek ancestors. The novel explores complex themes of family, identity, and heritage, delving deeply into the past to illuminate the present. The book contains references to racial violence and sexual abuse.

Reviews & Readership

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has garnered acclaim for its heartfelt exploration of African American history and identity. Readers celebrate its lyrical prose and complex character development. However, some have noted its dense narrative and extensive length as potential drawbacks. Overall, it is a powerful and evocative read.

Who should read this

Who Should Read The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois?

A reader who enjoys rich, multi-generational family sagas and explorations of Black identity and history, akin to Toni Morrison's Beloved or Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, would find themselves captivated by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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Book Details


Race / Racism


African American Literature


Identity: Race

Life/Time: The Past

Identity: Gender