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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois [9780008516451]

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A TOP TEN NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER     OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK   ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A breath-taking debut novel that chronicles the journey of generations of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade to our own tumultuous era, by prize-winning poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

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.

Ailey grows up in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta. From an early age, she fights a battle for belonging made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women - her mother, her sister and a maternal line reaching back two centuries - that urge her to succeed in their stead.

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 she 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.

With all the dazzling force of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is set to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION * SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE * LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN LITERARY PRIZE

New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year * Time 10 Best Books of the Year * Washington Post 10 Best Books of the Year * People 10 Best Books of the Year * Booklist 10 Best First Novels of the Year

'Astonishing...so remarkable I'm not sure we collectively ever even dreamed it' Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple

'The best book that I have read in a very, very long time' New York Times

'The kind of book that comes around only once a decade...Simply magnificent' Washington Post

'Epic... It just consumed me' Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Book Club


AUTHOR:  Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. She was a contributor to The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen US presidents, and is a critic at large for the Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.

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9780008516451
ISBN13:
9780008516451
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Author:
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Publisher:
Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication:
20-Jan-2022
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
816
Stock Status:
In stock
Weight:
1,170 Grams
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