Silver Sparrow: UCF Orlando Book Festival Spotlight

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Every time I look through the list of authors for this event I get so excited! I cannot believe the number of interesting books I have, for whatever reason, not heard of. One of those authors whose books I have yet to read (but that I am very excited to) is Tayari Jones. (In fact, I already added her debut, Leaving Atlanta, to my TBR because it sounded so great, and I hope to read it by the time I meet her). Ms. Jones is a highly acclaimed author and looks like someone to keep your eye out for!

According to her website, she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and uses this as the setting for her books. She currently works as an Assistant Professor for the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Her debut, Leaving Atlanta, (aforementioned) is a fictional story about the real life child murders in Atlanta from 1979-1981. Don't know how I never heard about that but that's crazy. I'm definitely intrigued by the book.

Now about her newest book... Silver Sparrow comes out May 31, 2011 and looks like yet another one that I must read.

Synopsis from

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.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel 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.

Sounds good, doesn't it!!


Reads4Pleasure said...

Just finished Silver Sparrow earlier this week. It is a definite must read. I've read the author's previous books, Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling and both are fabulous. Absolutely "can't put it down until you finish it" reads.

Jenny said...

Ooh thanks for the info! I realllly want to read those books now!

jackie tracy said...

Maybe you never heard about the murders because you weren't born yet when they were happening? :)

Zibilee said...

Ooh, now you've got me totally intrigued by this book! There really are going to be some great offerings there it seems! I am adding this one to my list and I hope that I will be able to read it by the time the festival starts!

Jenny said...

Jackie: LOL, yes, thanks for pointing that out. =) I just figured that is the kind of thing I would have heard about because they'd still be talking about it over the years.

Heather: There are so many to read, lol!

Juju at Tales of said...

Cool idea! Will you be spot lighting more of the authors from the upcoming festival?

Jenny said...

Juju: yup, I'm going to try to do as many as I can!

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