Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow James Witherspoon is a bigamist His daughter Dana and her mother both know about James s other daughter Chaurisse who lives with his other wife in a nicer neighborhood nearby But Chaurisse and her

  • Title: Silver Sparrow
  • Author: Tayari Jones
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  • Page: 263
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  • James Witherspoon is a bigamist His daughter, Dana, and her mother both know about James s other daughter, Chaurisse, who lives with his other wife in a nicer neighborhood nearby But Chaurisse and her mother are blissfuly unaware of James s secret family.When Dana tired of a life in the shadows accidently meets her half sister, she befriends her For Dana, it s an irreJames Witherspoon is a bigamist His daughter, Dana, and her mother both know about James s other daughter, Chaurisse, who lives with his other wife in a nicer neighborhood nearby But Chaurisse and her mother are blissfuly unaware of James s secret family.When Dana tired of a life in the shadows accidently meets her half sister, she befriends her For Dana, it s an irresistible opportunity to secrtly see how the other half lives For Chaurisse, Dana is a glamorous friend a silver girl possessing all the style, popularity, and long pretty hair that Chaurisse thinks would make her happy But their friendship is destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.Set in 1980s Atlanta and told in the alternating voices of the two girls, this is a classic story of loyalty and love, class and privilege Like the early works of Toni Morrison, Jones s story is populated with rich, flawed characters who win and then break your heart Written with grace and style, Silver Sparrow is the novel that will put Jones on the literary map.

    Silver Sparrow Tayari Jones Books 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 two teenage girls caught in the middle. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Jan , Silver Sparrow is a disheartening tale of two sisters, and a disturbing family secret that divides them for the better part of their lives The central part of the novel takes place in s Atlanta, Georgia and is written in the narrative voices of the main characters Dana Lynn Yarboro and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon. Summary and reviews of Silver Sparrow by 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 two teenage girls caught in the middle. Reader s Guide to Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Reader s Guide to 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 Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, Paperback Barnes Noble 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. Book review Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones The A man has two families in the same town One knows about the other the other doesn t Which family does the man love most The family to whom he confides everything, thus hurting it in the process Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones on Apple Books May , 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. Silver Sparrow NEA Overview National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow Tayari Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where her third novel, Silver Sparrow, is set during the s.It tells the story of two teenage girls who are sisters but only one knows it, as their father has kept one family public, the Silver Sparrow Workman Publishing 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. Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones Tale Of Secret Sisters NPR May , Almost everything about Tayari Jones new novel, Silver Sparrow, is cleaved into two halves It is the story of two sisters, Dana Lynn Yarbor and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon Though they live

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    1. I had not intended to read this book so quickly or to stay up until 3 AM reading it, but I was so caught up in this beautifully written, touching story that I couldn't stop. It's the kind of book that makes you want to discuss it with others right away. I have admired Tayari Jones' writing since her first novel Leaving Atlanta: A Novel, and in my opinion, her writing has only improved over time. She is able to convey so much by the voices she creates for two girls with a common father - given an [...]

    2. This is my first book I've read by Tayari Jones. I enjoyed it very much. The majority of story takes place during the 1980s in Atlanta. "Atlanta ain't nothing but a country town". "Silver Sparrows" is about two families. James Witherspoon is a bigamist. He was already married ten years when he first meets Gwendolyn ( Gwen). The first half of the book is told by Dana Lynn Yarboro .(Gwen's daughter). Dana tells us how her mother and James first met. ( gift wrapping counter). Dana's mother knew Jam [...]

    3. Silver Sparrow was chosen as one of the top 10 books of 2011 byLibrary Journal. Hereis an NPR article about this wonderful gem. Hereis a Washington Post about Silver Sparrow.What does the “other woman” represent in the nightmares of women everywhere? The mere thought of an “other woman” existing is terrifying, horrifying, humiliating and for many, beyond imagination. What if the “other woman” had a child? What if she lived in the same town and neighborhood? What if the “other woman [...]

    4. There was a good premise here - 2 daughters, 2 mothers, 1 father. Only 1 mother/daughter pairing knew of the other. And then ultimately, they would all come together somewhow. It was the coming together that didn't wow! me - I wanted more from that very important turn-their-life-upside-down moment. There were a lot of questions I had when I got to the last page.Why didn't Raleigh have his own lady-friend, why did he hang his whole life on his not-brother and his family? Why did Dana befriend Cha [...]

    5. Complicated. Complicated. Complicated!This is a book that so many "bookie" friends have recommended to me. I just recently found it in my local used bookstore with a round of other much recommended books and so I decided to dive right in. Since so many have already read it, I'm not too sure what I could say that hasn't already been said but of course, give my opinion. Let's start with the composition. This is an extremely tempting and curious book. From the first page as our narrator starts to t [...]

    6. Good read, not great. Can't really understand all the fuss. Keep hearing that "it's well written." Hell aren't books supposed to be? We set the bar pretty low when we say that. I pay good money for books, and for me well written is a minimum expectation. I think pace, subject matter, character, realism and prose are important when judging a book as worthy of ones' time. And in that vein, Silver Sparrow hits the mark. It is book you will enjoy talking about with others, because of the real life p [...]

    7. I have never read a story that even comes close to what Tayari Jones has created. Jones created a distinctive story, that engages the reader from beginning to end.While this felt very Young Adult to me, I was completely engrossed by page 10. And I am definately not a young adult. For some reason I was disappointed when the narrative voice changed from Dana to Chaurisse. The situation that both girls were put in was a result of their father's decision-making and Dana's mothers poor judgment. I co [...]

    8. An intriguing story about an African-American man, James, who is a bigamist. James is married to two women at the same time,and has a daughter by each of them. The weird thing is James is actually a good man and it's easy to sympathize with his predicament.I liked the structure of the book; the first half was narrated by Dana, daughter of the second wife, and the second half was narrated by Bunny, daughter of the first wife. As Chaurisse didn't knows that her father was already married, it was p [...]

    9. This book is devastating. I never should have started it because there is only one way for a story like this to go. And, it did. Now I just want it out of me. DamnW: Tayari Jones, you can WRITE. Also, that epilogue is EPIC. So real and so heartbreaking. I am a hot mess. thankyouverymuch.

    10. I must confess, that even after the conclusion of this book, the story continues to resound in my spirit. Silver Sparrow is a disheartening tale of two sisters, and a disturbing family secret that divides them for the better part of their lives. The central part of the novel takes place in 1980’s Atlanta, Georgia and is written in the narrative voices of the main characters Dana Lynn Yarboro and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon. At the opening of the novel, Jones introduces the reader to the vivaci [...]

    11. Bookclub selection. I read 50 pages then skimmed & scanned to the end. It's simply not a sort of fiction I enjoy. I just didn't care for the style or tone, nor the over-reliance on similes, clichés, facile observations, nor the florid summations sprinkled through out that make grand statements on life. Maybe mine was not a blissful girlhood. But is anyone's? Even people whose parents are happily married to each and no else else, even these people have their share of unhappiness. They spend [...]

    12. I really enjoyed reading this story from the standpoint of the two daughters' point of view. It made it enlightening to see how it impacted the children when we're used to just thinking about the adults since they are the ones who make these decisions that so impact their lives. The ending wasn't the standard sugary sweet but more realistic although not ideal. I love to see a happy ending or the underdog come out on top but that's not real life. I'd love to read about the daughters' lives going [...]

    13. When you have been the other woman or been other-womaned almost exclusively in your relationships, you begin to think that the world is Mad Men. That it is impossible to satisfy men by being just you within the strictures of a monogamous, hetero sort of relationship, and all it will take is a convenient narrative -- which may or may not be the truth -- told to an open-minded woman over a drink at the bar or on a run to the store to grab bread to find yourself in the crazed mind of one who is bei [...]

    14. tayari jonesWhen I write a book review, I try hard not to give away spoilers. This time TAYARI JONES took that burden from my shoulder. The first chapter is titled The Secret. The first sentence reveals the secret. "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist." The many other paragraphs and chapters in Silver Sparrow reveal the lives of two families. Both the Yarboro and Witherspoon families would probably say there is a father and husband in their home most of the time. However, I think each fa [...]

    15. Tayari Jones, does an exceptional job of weaving a very believable tale of two families where the male protagonist is the father of a daughter in each family. She expertly delves into the minds of both girls from their very early lives through young adulthood. The character development is such that one feels empathy for both girls and their mothers but, at the same time, leaves you with a sense of "Wake up and smell the coffee."While reading this book I kept thinking, Jones must know of a situat [...]

    16. This was an enjoyable read, although not particularly about an enjoyable subject. The first line is the hook! "My father, John Witherspoon, is a bigamist." I really appreciated that, Tayari Jones, told the story in two parts, through the eyes of John Witherspoon's two daughters. One from the "public" family and the other the daughter in the"secret" family.I empathized with the "secret" daughter Dana and felt for her. I had a harder time relating to Chaurisse. This book takes place in the 1980's, [...]

    17. The aftereffects of bigamy is the central theme of Silver Sparrow, a novel told from the perspectives of James Witherspoon's daughters: Chaurisse from his legally wed, older, plainer-looking first wife and Dana, the result of an affair with a much younger, attractive "wife," illegally wedded some time after Dana's birth, four months before Chaurisse's. From the onset, Dana's world is shaped by the whims and priorities of Chaurisse's. One of her earliest memories is John telling her she is the "s [...]

    18. This was a pleasant read for me. It started slow, but when it finally got my attention I didn’t put it down. Jones does a good job of creating imagery. Also conversation among female characters was filled with a lot of cute and sassy phrases about no good men, love and relationships in general. I felt as if the narration was uneven. Meaning Dana was given more of the substantive material. Also there were some unnecessary parts and some parts I felt weren’t explained enough. I could have done [...]

    19. I really liked this novel. This was definitely a compelling read. It grabbed me from page one and didn't let go for the entire book. The themes of deception and identity were explored well, from several different perspectives which I thought was very effective! The changing points of view was an outstanding way to allow the reader to get 'both sides of the story.' This story is another reminder of how dishonesty can fracture people and relationships so easily! Tayari Jones is quite a good writer [...]

    20. A rather stunning, richly detailed novel. I loved it very much. You can peep my full review here tomorrow: htmlgiant/reviews/silver-s

    21. Silver Sparrow is an excellent novel written in a sure handed manner by a very talented author. It tells the tale of a bigamist, a man living two separate lives, one out in the open and the other in its shadow. His first family is the result of youthful reckless behavior and following the directions of his mother to make things right. Family number two is formed by falling in love as a grown man, but perhaps one who has not matured very much. After all, a mark of adulthood is understanding you n [...]

    22. Let me just begin by saying, this is already in my top 5 books of the year and it is just May. It is that good. And I'm not biased because I currently live in Atlanta, where the book is set in the 1980's, and am familiar with the world of the characters. (West End Mall hasn't changed in 20 years!)Told in the voices of the youngest ones affected, Silver Sparrow is the story of the families of James Witherspoon - one public, one secret. Like most of these situations, the secret family is well awar [...]

    23. I did not want to like this book as much as i did but it grew on me. So unexpectedley too. I liked that this type of story was told from the daughters' point of view; it provides a different prospective. What I liked most is also what i liked least about this book: the ending. I started off reading this story expecting the ending. But somewhere between the first and last chapter there was a hope growing inside of me that I was unaware of until the end when I was sorely dissapointed. Not the type [...]

    24. This has been on my TBR since 2012 when Tayari Jones was an author at Booktopia and I picked it up for Black History month and to read more diverse books. I am sorry I waited three years, as this was a well written story about two teenage girls growing up in Atlanta. The first line of the book tells you where it is going :" My Father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist." Tayari Jones is so gifted that you just keep going. I read 100+ pages in one sitting and would have finished it quicker had work [...]

    25. With the beginning of the book already letting the reader know that James Witherspoon is a bigamist, there's nowhere to go but to see how this story unfolds. At first it is easy to sympathize with Dana as the forgotten child but then the story switches to Chaurisse's point of view that makes you question that 'sympathy'. I was a bit saddened at the way the book ended. The author left too many unresolved questions especially from James's point of view (not to mention Raleigh and Gwen). James got [...]

    26. The book started off pretty well. The storyline was intriguing and seemed a bit familiar. However, I found it very difficult to like any of the characters in the story. I think that the author should have chosen to share the stories of Dana and Chaurisse at the same time instead of first giving Dana's view then Chaurisse's. By the time Chaurisse time had come, I was already a bit bored. I do think Jones has great potential in penning a good novel. She just missed the mark on this one.

    27. Enjoyed the message. Didn't really care about hearing the story from the daughters perspective. I would have liked for the story to just flow. The story ended with so many unanswered questions. I hoping for a sequal.

    28. This book is so good. Tayari Jones does a wonderful job of developing the story despite it's many layers. Adultery, deadbeat daddies and grandaddies, and children who have to make something of this mess. I loved it!!!

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