The Love Songs Of W.E.B. Du Bois
The great scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois, once wrote about the problem of race in America, and what he called 'Double Consciousnesss': 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.
From an early age, Ailey fights a battle to feel like she belongs, 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 decides to embark 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.
Sweeping, compulsive and deeply moving, The Love Songs of W..E.B. Du Bois is set to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
Author: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.