Silver Sparrow

By Tayari Jones
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781616201425, 352pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List
“The unconventional, morally troubling relationships at the core of Jones' Silver Sparrow illustrate the universality of the human quest for acknowledgment, legitimacy, love, and loyalty. As Chaurisse and her secret half-sister, Dana, move toward adulthood, they must shed idealistic notions of romantic and familial love to face difficult truths. A complex family drama, a richly crafted coming-of-age story, and a meditation on the nature of love and forgiveness, this is a gripping story with characters you will not soon forget.”
-- Libby Cowles, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


Description
With the opening line of "Silver Sparrow," "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle.Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families--the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed "one of the most important writers of her generation" (the "Atlanta Journal Constitution").



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