What’s New in Paperback: ‘WEB Du Bois’ Love Songs’ and ‘Bloodlands’

LOVE SONGS OF WEB DU BOIS, By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. (Harper Perennial, 816 p., $20). Named one of Book Review’s Top 10 Books of 2021, this debut novel chronicles the converging stories of a Black girl growing up at the end of the 20th century and the “songs” of her Native American and enslaved African …

Book Review: ‘WEB Du Bois’ Love Songs’ by Honorée Fanonne

Georgia’s historical backdrop is where we met Ailey Pearl Garfield, the protagonist of “Love Songs.” As a young Black woman in the late 20th century, Ailey feels this sense of dual consciousness, not just as Du Bois imagined, but also about how gender is channeled in a Black body. Ailey divides her time between an …