With the opening line of “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle.
Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families – his public one…and his secret one. The two daughters meet and form a friendship, but only one of them knows they are sisters. At the heart of it all are these two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers – think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye – Jones elegantly portrays the fragility of her characters with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.
Media is already raving about Silver Sparrow! Click here to listen to the wonderful interview between Tayari and NPR’s “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris – and check out some of the amazing praise that has already come in!
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“[an] immensely pleasurable new novel…There are no winners in this empathetic and provocative story, just survivors – and Jones is wise enough to hint that in our complex times, that may be all the victory any of us can hope for.” – MORE Magazine
“A love story…full of perverse wisdom and proud joy…Jones’s skill for wry understatement never wavers.” – O, The Oprah Magazine
“[you’re] going to devour Tayari Jones’s third novel, Silver Sparrow, in a single sitting.” – Essence
“[a] compelling third novel” – Vogue
“Jones is a master, and Silver Sparrow is a revelation, alive with meaning, heartbreak, and hope.” – Jayne Anne Phillips
“A story of sisters and secrets, Silver Sparrow will break your heart before you even know it. Tayari Jones has written a novel filled with characters I’ll never forget. This is a book I’ll read more than once.” – Judy Blume