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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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