BookBrowse Reviews The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fannone Jeffers

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

by Honorée Fannone Jeffers

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fannone Jeffers
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    Aug 2021, 816 pages

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    May 2022, 816 pages

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A dazzling coming-of-age novel exploring the life of a young Black girl growing up in the Southern United States.

Honorée Fannone Jeffers' The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois explores the Black experience in America through the lens of a middle-class girl and her family. Ailey is the youngest of three daughters born to Belle and Geoff Garfield, and we meet her when she is just three years old. Through her first-person account, we watch her mature from naïve child to confident and capable young woman, sharing her joys, sorrows, triumphs and failures along the way.

Although at its heart the novel is a coming-of-age story, that's not apparent until late in the book due to the various narrative techniques the author employs. A large and equally engaging portion of the story is historical fiction, following Ailey's ancestors from village life in Africa to their experiences being enslaved on a Georgia plantation and beyond. These sections have a mythic feel to them, their unnamed narrator ...

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