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Silver Sparrow

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Silver Sparrow

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If you enjoyed The Vanishing Half, then you’ll love Silver Sparrow.

“This book was so well written. I read Jones' newest work, American Marriage, when it first came out. That book floored me—spectacular writing, structure, and character development. Silver Sparrow brings the same elements, two perspectives that show that there are two sides to every story. What Jones does so well is that the reader feels so deeply for both of these characters (and all the side characters). There is no way to choose (at least for me) a favorite because both girls are portrayed so well from both sides/perspectives. It just goes to show that there are two sides to every story and that there is no one truth. You do find yourself facepalming at the decisions of these adults though. Both of these girls' lives are so dictated by James and his brother-from-another mother (literally) Raleigh. I can't really forgive James for the circumstances that lead to his first marriage with Laverne and Raleigh's acceptance and allowance of it. But also, all their lives and circumstances are dictated by being Black Americans living in the American South so again, no one truth. The narration by Rosalyn Coleman-Williams & Heather Alicia Simms was phenomenal. Still floored by Jones's writing, it's consistently superb—a recommended read!”

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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 two teenage girls caught in the middle.

Set 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 when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.

As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters—the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle—she reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers—think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye—Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.

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