Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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A story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and 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 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 also 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, just not as their mothers.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2011.
ISBN: 9781616200664
1616200669
Characteristics: 1 online resource (340 p.)
Summary: A story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and 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 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 also 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, just not as their mothers.

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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.

KindianaJones Dec 16, 2014

I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the cover. Like many other readers, I devoured it and was eager to get back to it when I had to put it down. It was like watching a slow-motion train wreck. The last line was as close to perfect as I can imagine.

sn6177nr Sep 25, 2014

Silver Sparrow is by far the best novel I've read in a long time! A story told of radically different experienced intertwined by relation and described in beautiful and evocative prose.

Tayari Jones' ability to create real feeling characters and nuanced relationships in fiction is impressive throughout the book!

What a read!

NYPLRecommends Mar 10, 2014

Silver Sparrow is the story of two families and a secret bigamist father. At least one family is a secret. The other family is aware they are the second family and must remain a secret. Two daughters are born within months of each other, one to each family. The backdrop of the story is the 70s and 80s in African American society in Atlanta. The story is captivating, well-crafted and the characters are realistic and unsentimental.

pleasuretee Apr 17, 2013

Captivating story!

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nchauvetarchibald
Sep 15, 2012

The characters were meant to be flawed to make the story more realistic, but at times I just felt like yelling at them for being so stupid.

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ahsimlibrarian
Jun 06, 2012

Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow has a great first line: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” In this novel with two narrators, Jones lets each girl speak in simple yet eloquent voices that are their own. Silver Sparrow is rich with themes for discussion.

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jennysfriend
Apr 21, 2012

This book was pretty good. The characters were believable and the story, unfortunately, not far fetched. I was eager to see how things turned out for both families in the end.

nursenyc Mar 05, 2012

I absolutely loved this book. Tayari Jones is a new writer and I wish her luck. She kept me wondering what would happen next. Dana and Chaurisse and all the other characters were very likable and thoroughly believable. Unfortunately this book could be a true story but it is fiction. Its a great read.

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