Silver Sparrow (Hardcover)

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Two girls are living very separate lives. Dana and Chaurisse are only
months apart in age, but their families are very different. 
Dana and her mother live a quiet solitary life with intermittent visits
from Dana's father and his brother for Sunday dinners.   Chaurisse is
Dana's sister, but she doesn't know it.  Chaurisse lives a
cookie-cutter, normal life...or at least that is what she thinks.  She
meets Dana, and strikes up a friendship with her, without knowing what
they have in common.  James Witherspoon (their father) is the common
denominator, but also the weakest link in both families. 
One father, two families, and an intertwined future.  Jones' writing is
stunning, and captures day to day life with a crystal clear quality
reminiscent of Twain.

— Jessilynn

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


From the New York Times Bestselling Author of An American Marriage

"A love story . . . Full of perverse wisdom and proud joy . . . Jones's skill for wry understatement never wavers."
--O: The Oprah Magazine

"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

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).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565129900
ISBN-10: 1565129903
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: May 24th, 2011
Pages: 340
Language: English

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