The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers: The black heart of America

The poet’s debut novel is a heavyweight corrective to the story the US tells itself

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers engages with important ideas, theories and literature

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers engages with important ideas, theories and literature

Award-wining poet and academic Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s debut novel is a work of profound beauty, insight and intellectual rigour. The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois ambitiously chronicles Black America, spanning years, generations and histories. 

The novel is centred around the Garfields, a middle-class Black family living in a place simply called “the City”, but who spend the summers with their family in the South, in a town called Chicasetta – a place of Jeffers’s invention – in Georgia. 

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