Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

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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).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 20mm | 295g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1616201428
  • 9781616201425
  • 64,158

Review quote

"Jones gives us permission to love all of the novel's women, though they are flawed and often refuse to love each other. That's a recipe for great book club discussions." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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About Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at She lives in Brooklyn. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Rating details

26,681 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 25% (6,581)
4 47% (12,570)
3 24% (6,371)
2 4% (1,011)
1 1% (148)

Our customer reviews

This book is about two sisters, Dana and Chaurisse, who both have the same father. His name is James Witherspoon and he has two families. His daughters are almost the same age. Dana only gets to see her father once a week. She has to remain a secret, but she knows about her father's wife and daughter, her sister. Chaurisse has a protected and easy childhood, still there's something missing. She's wants to have a close friend so badly. She has no idea that Dana exists. When they meet they become friends, only Dana still has to keep her secret. Chaurisse has got everything that Dana has not. Gwen, Dana's mother, earns most of the money they have and she's always at work. Dana's lonely and doesn't always do the right thing when she gets older. She has to work so much harder to get the same things as her sister, if she can get them at all, because she has to stay out of her way. Chaurisse is innocent and doesn't know many things about life yet. Dana can handle a lot more, but she has to deal with so much. At a certain point everything's about to change. There's a lot of grief and the question is, what do you allow someone you love?show more
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