The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers audiobook

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah’s Book Club Novel

By Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Read by Adenrele Ojo , Karen Chilton , and Prentice Onayemi

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062942937


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665096119

  • ISBN: 9781665096102

  • ISBN: 9781665096126

Runtime: 29.82 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Longlisted for Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize

Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel

Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

A Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2021

A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Essence Magazine Pick of Summer's Best Books

A People Magazine Pick of Best Summer Books

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for Summer

A USA Today Pick of Hottest Summer Reads

A Chicago Tribune Pick of Summer

A Deep South Magazine of Summer Books

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick


A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times • Time • Washington Post • Oprah Daily • People • Boston Globe • BookPage • Booklist • Kirkus • Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Chicago Public Library

Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel • Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction • Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction • Nominee for the NAACP Image Award

"Epic. . . . I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family. . . . I’ve never read anything quite like it. It just consumed me." —Oprah Winfrey

The NAACP Image Award-winning poet makes her fiction debut with this magisterial epic—an intimate yet sweeping novel with all the luminescence and force of HomegoingSing, 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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] generational magnum opus.”  O, The Oprah Magazine
“Utterly remarkable.”  Ms. Magazine
“A book about traumas and loves that sustain over generations.” NPR
“A moving portrait of an American family and its history…[that] holds you fast, brings you closer to history and humanity, and sticks with you for days.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Celebrates Black women not as saints or saviors but brilliant survivors who embody joy and genius along with their history.” The Observer (London)
“Three talented narrators transport listeners with this absorbing novel…Narrator Adenrele Ojo could teach a master class in narration with her flawless portrayals…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“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)
“An audacious, mellifluous love song to an African American family…Jeffers’ lyrical cadences shimmer…Not to be missed.” Booklist (starred review)
“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




Author Bio: Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Author Bio: Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. Her fiction debut, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of dozens of accolades. She is the author of five poetry collections, including the 2020 collection The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award. She was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen US presidents, and is critic-at-large for Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at University of Oklahoma.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 29.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English