Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

A Novel

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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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 ).
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616201425
9781565129900
Branch Call Number: JONES
Characteristics: 340 p.

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abcDena
Mar 08, 2021

The first half of this book was pretty great, plot-wise. I was hooked and the writing is fantastic. Second half? Not so much. It came undone, so I gave it a lower rating than it probably deserves.

However, I really look forward to reading more of Tayari Jones' work, simply because she's such a gifted writer. American Marriage is up next!

IndyPL_TheresaC Nov 13, 2020

"My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist." This is the first sentence of the first page of this book. What follows is a story of good intentions that turn out badly, as well as envy mixed with longing - of a wife to have ALL of her husband's time and attention, and a daughter's need for a whole family that she doesn't have to share. The Story begins with Dana and her mother Gwen who will occasionally take Dana out to "surveil" James Witherspoon's other family for "fun". Just when you become sufficiently sympathetic for Dana and Gwen, the author gives equal time to mother and daughter, Laverne and Chaurisse Witherspoon. As readers become emotionally entangled with these tragic characters, rather than root for one or the other, one merely wants the secrecy to come to an end. I enjoyed this book and Tayari Jones' writing, and look forward to reading her other stories.

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lindemuldercr
Aug 26, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

multcolib_susannel Jun 14, 2020

Dana grows up knowing that she and her mother are her father's secret, that he has another daughter and wife that know nothing about her.

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Blackjack4
Jul 17, 2019

A great summer read! Good story-line and well developed characters. Highly recommend!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 27, 2019

I love Tayari Jones' work, and it seems to me her novels have elements that make them similar to comments I've heard circulating in Ashland about Christina Anderson's plays (this will make sense to those who saw the Juneteenth reading of her play "the ripple, the wave that carried me home," and likely those who see "How to Catch Creation" later in the 2019 OSF season). The stories are centered in African American culture, but not in the trauma of being a POC in the United States today, full of complex characters and rich plot elements. I loved how skillfully Ms. Jones was able to flip the readers sympathies when she shifted narrative voice from one of the daughters to the other. Well done on audio as well!

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abbi_g
Nov 10, 2018

A friend of mine recommended Tayari Jones' novel, Silver Sparrow to me; and I must say that I enjoyed this even more than I enjoyed her latest novel, An American Marriage. The characters in Silver Sparrow are so well-developed and gave this story an edge over other novels that focus on a similar theme. I felt bad for the women in this story because their circumstances with the men in their lives are way more common than I feel comfortable admitting. But that's also what made this novel so great.

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MonicaMcFee
Feb 22, 2018

One can only imagine what it's like to know and not tell. Heartbreaking and beautiful, this story surely has thousands of renditions. We would be blessed to know such restraint and resilience. Read it and weep.

Trisha_KHCPL Jan 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that the first half was one daughters side of the story and the second half was the other daughters side of the story.

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Miss_Mina_Murray
Aug 16, 2016

A rare find - a book with tension and suspense, but without any 'bad guys'. You'll root for every single character.

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Nov 10, 2018

'Would you lie to me? she asked.'
'You only lie to people you love,' I said.'

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