Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

“With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s 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 and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

At the heart of it all are the two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers, Jones portrays the fragility of her characers with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.”

This is one of those books that you won’t be able to put down. From the first line I was captivated and wanted to know more. I needed to know all about Dana and her sister Chaurisse. Tayari Jones has a way of creating characters with such detail, you can almost see them in your mind. Even now after having read this book a few weeks ago..In my mind, I’m like, “wait was that a movie I watched or was it really a book I read…?”.

GoodReads Rating: 3.9

Page Count: 369

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