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Tayari Jones: Silver Sparrow

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Tayari Jones

“Jones is a master and SILVER SPARROW is a revelation, alive with meaning and hope.”
—Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite

Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling, visits with her new novel, Silver Sparrow, which independent booksellers nationwide chose as the #1 Indie Next pick for June 2011. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in 1980s Atlanta, the novel revolves around bigamist 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. Silver Sparrow has been featured in O magazine, Vogue, Poets & Writers, and on NPR's All Things Considered and The Diane Rehm Show.

Listen to Michele Norris and Tayari discuss Silver Sparrow on NPR's All Things Considered here.

Listen to Diane Rehm and Tayari discuss Silver Sparrow on The Diane Rehm Show here.

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Tayari Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She has taught at Prairie View A&M University, East Tennessee State University, The University of Illinois and George Washington University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. She will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel.

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ISBN: 9781565129900
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 24th, 2011

"Silver Sparrow brings to mind John Irving in the ways it makes an epic story out of ordinary lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly all happen in this marvelously moving tale. Read this book! I can t say it any more plainly than that." —Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine"Jones is a master, and Silver Girl is a revelation, alive with meaning, heartbreak, and hope." —Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite

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ISBN: 9780446694568
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - January 8th, 2008

"The Untelling is the story of deep hurt and slow realization, injury and recovery, and the way people genuinely change their lives. I love it." —Dorothy Allison, author of Cavedweller"Tayari Jones is a remarkable novelist, able to face down the tragedies of life with the clarity and beauty and even the dark humor of a true artist. And she has unerring storytelling instincts. The Untelling is a wonderful book and Tayari Jones is a flat-out brilliant writer" —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent From Strange Mountain"The Untelling [works] a most improbable and most welcome charm." —Carrie Brown, The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9780446690898
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 1st, 2003

" absorbing account..."—Essence magazine"...she conveys powerfully the loneliness of a child... gives us a picture of children unsure they would even see tomorrow..." —Atlanta Journal Constitution"Jones has an eloquent voice...a promising debut..." —People magazine

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