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May 2012
Algonquin Books

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Silver Sparrow

A Novel
Tayari Jones

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).


Tayari Jones earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2000. She is the author of four novels: "An American Marriage," "Silver Sparrow," "The Untelling," and "Leaving Atlanta."

Praise for this book

“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