Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. She was a contributor to The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen US presidents, and is a critic at large for the Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.
'Astonishing...so remarkable I'm not sure we collectively ever even dreamed it' Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple, from her blog Alice Walker's Garden 'Whatever must be said to get you to heft this daunting debut novel by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, I'll say, because The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is the kind of book that comes around only once a decade ... With the depth of its intelligence and the breadth of its vision, Love Songs is simply magnificent' Washington Post 'Triumphant... Quite simply the best book that I have read in a very, very long time... An epic tale of adventure that brings to mind characters you never forget: Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time, Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn... Just as Toni Morrison did in Beloved, Jeffers uses fiction to fill in the gaping blanks of those who have been rendered nameless and therefore storyless... A sweeping, masterly debut' New York Times 'Just as brilliant as it is necessary, just as intimate as it is expansive. An outstanding portrait of an American family and in turn, an outstanding portrait of America' Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give 'It's awe-inspiring. Massive, unflagging, gripping, gorgeous. A sweeping family saga that is also history at its most intimate and vital. I will be recommending it everyone I know. Unforgettable' Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves 'If you read one book this year, choose this one ... One of America's finest poets has announced herself as a storyteller of the highest magnitude. Absolutely brilliant' Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench 'Beautiful ... In Jeffers' deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the Great American Novel' Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone