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
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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
An instant New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today Bestseller • AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION • ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION
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 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.
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