Tayari Jones Booksigning…Silver Sparrow: A Novel

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

A coming-of-age story of sorts, Jones’s melodramatic latest (after The Untelling) chronicles the not-quite-parallel lives of Dana Lynn Yarboro and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon in 1980s Atlanta. Both girls-born four months apart-are the daughters of James Witherspoon, a secret bigamist, but only Dana and her mother, Gwen, are aware of his double life. This, Dana surmises, confers “one peculiar advantage” to her and Gwen over James’s other family, with whom he lives full time, though such knowledge is small comfort in the face of all their disadvantages. Perpetually feeling second best, 15-year-old Dana takes up with an older boy whose treatment of her only confirms her worst expectations about men. Meanwhile, Chaurisse enjoys the easy, uncomplicated comforts of family, and though James has done his utmost to ensure his daughters’ paths never cross, the girls, of course, meet, and their friendship sets their worlds toward inevitable (and predictable) collision. Set on its forced trajectory, the novel piles revelation on revelation, growing increasingly histrionic and less believable. For all its concern with the mysteries of the human heart, the book has little to say about the vagaries of what motivates us to love and lie and betray. Come early for good seating.

Tayari Jones Tayari Jones is the author of two previous novels. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayari jones.com/blog. Join us on Twitter @esowonbooks2

Where: Esowon Bookstore  4331 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (map)

Time: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 PM

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  • BookReflections

    Oh this one arrived in the mail yesterday.  It was such a pleasant surprise.  I never know which books I will get from week to week anymore because people just send them.   I feel so guilty when I can’t get around to them but this one came and I did a little happy dance.  Definitely going to get to this one soon.

    •  @BookReflections Loving forward toward your review.  She read the first 6 pages at the signing and I almost went home and finished it.  If I didn’t have to get up at 4:30am to go to work I would have.  Sounds like a great book!