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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tayari Jones Narrator: Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Heather Alicia Simms Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, Silver Sparrow 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 when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters - the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle - she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers - think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye - Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leila Rice | 2/19/2014

    " This is an interesting novel about two sisters who share the same father; he is married to both of their mothers at the same time. One sister knows that her father is a bigamist, while the other is raised in ignorance of this fact.... Of course, the reader knows that this secret must eventually be revealed. For me, "Silver Sparrow" was an emotional page-turner. I didn't find the ending terribly satisfying, and the author left some questions unanswered. But it is a good, solid read with an excellent premise and richly-drawn characters. I always love a well-written story about complicated family dynamics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth S. | 2/15/2014

    " The end is so sudden that it felt unfinished. Otherwise, I felt the characters exceeding well-drawn and fascinatingly imperfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobias | 1/30/2014

    " Review forthcoming on Vol.1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yume Katoya | 12/28/2013

    " *no spoilers* I haven't been this moved by a book in a long time. It's been an even longer time since I felt so much simultaneous disdain and pity for a books characters. This is a very complex story. There is SO much I want fo sa but since I despise spoilers I will refrain from doing it here. But I would love to engage any of you who've read it in discussion elsewhere. All in all, a wonderful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trishaladd | 12/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. Something totally different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dionne Ferguson | 12/23/2013

    " The first moments of the book had me on a roller coaster of emotions, and I couldn't, wouldn't get off until the end. Thank you Tayari for a ride full of characters and situations of depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/20/2013

    " This was a different book for me. At times it was slow, other times engrossing and the end brought it all together. I'm not sure if I liked the ending or not, but yet I'm not sure how it could have ended any differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 10/30/2013

    " This book was great, but boy am I pissed off at James.....lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Kellman | 9/12/2013

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Busse | 8/22/2013

    " A worthy read. Again I wished there were a 1/2 star rating avialable - this was a 3 1/2 to for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/21/2013

    " Kim recommended this one. It was very interesting, half written from the perspective of one half of a man's family, and half from the other half. Dark. I guess the point is what a difference your perspective can make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 8/21/2013

    " I was a bit disappointed with this book. Harvard Bookstore heavily promoted it - hence the reason I bought it. It was ok but I would say nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tdubb | 8/21/2013

    " hated the ending...i'm starting to realize, i like a nice tidy bow at the end of my books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/16/2013

    " My heart ached for Dana, always knowing she was second. I couldn't imagine. I did not like the end, but the rest of the story was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole N | 2/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and I recommend it. I think it has high potential for LOTS of discussion, which is a good thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 12/4/2012

    " Sad that this thing actually happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Market | 11/2/2012

    " It's been wonderful watching Tayari's craft mature. This might be her best novel yet. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/7/2012

    " This book really held my interest all the way through. I found the characters to be real and enjoyed getting to know them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 9/14/2012

    " Really good story, both of the daughters are characters that I empathized with for different reasons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 12/26/2011

    " I made it about 2/3rds of the way through this before my book club met. What I read was okay, but not good enough for me to continue after hearing the rest of it from my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/19/2011

    " Started slow but very compelling and then couldn't put it down; loved the last third. Very end kind of disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudette | 9/30/2011

    " Beautifully painful. Both daughters have distinct voices that the shared narration highlights. It just seems genuine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/7/2011

    " An engrossing, well written book with two very interesting heroines. Can't wait to read more by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 6/22/2011

    " This is a really good book - I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 6/11/2011

    " Really loved this story! It grabbed me on the first page and I couldn't leave it alone (when I wasn't working)! If I hadn't heard the author interviewed on NPR before reading the book, I would have thought she was one of the characters! One of my new favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 6/10/2011

    " So far, best book of Summer 2011! If you liked "The Help", you will enjoy this 1960's Atlanta, Georgia story between two teens with much more in common than they know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 6/8/2011

    " I have to think about this book for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 6/6/2011

    " Heard about this on NPR and was curious, definitely works for teen readers-interesting characters and premise of what secrets it takes to make a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ksab | 6/4/2011

    " Excellent writing- A sensitive subject -"outside families"-where everyone's life is filled with loss and compromise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 6/3/2011

    " It's been wonderful watching Tayari's craft mature. This might be her best novel yet. Can't wait for the next one! "

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About the Author
Author Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow. She holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers.