Friday, June 24, 2011
Author and Me
Author Tayari Jones is on tour for her newest novel "Silver Sparrow". She made a stop at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, MI on June 20, 2011 @ 7pm. Ms. Jones read from the first chapter and intrigued the listeners.
The cover design is rich, bold and beautiful. Support a talented artist and buy a copy!
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.
“Tayari Jones is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester…”
—The Village Voice