'Compelling... It’s hard to resist the momentum of this dual coming-of-age story, and Jones’s imperfect, large-hearted heroines are not soon forgotten.'
From the Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2019Tayari Jones
*THE BESTSELLING RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK*
A breathtaking tale of family secrets, from the international bestselling author of An American Marriage
AN OBSERVER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN ‘BEST BOOK OF 2020 TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS’
A BOOKSELLER SMALL PUBLISHERS 2020 TOP 20
‘My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.’
Dana and Chaurisse are sisters, bound together by the life-changing secret of their father’s double life.
Only one of them knows the truth. When they do finally meet and form a friendship, the fragile balance of ignorance and silence that has kept James’ secrets safe for so long threatens to explode.
This soulful story of friendship and sisterhood paints an unforgettable picture of the messy knots that bind families together, from the prize-winning author of An American Marriage.
‘Jones’.. latest novel also studies a way of loving, and of being a family, that doesn’t fit the confines that American society allows or expects.’
‘Bigamy is what gives the novel its dramatic impetus, but it’s the double coming-of-age story that gives it heart… [A] shrewd exploration of off-the-record relationships.’
'This book is as moving, intimate and wise as An American Marriage on the topics of marriage, family and womanhood, and deserves similar acclaim.'
'Do not miss this can’t-actually-stop-reading-it novel (out 19 March) from the author of the Women's Prize for Fiction-winning An American Marriage. Opening with the instantly gripping sentence: "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," it’s the story of two sisters – Dana and Chaurisse – one whom knows her father’s secret and one who doesn’t. Told from both their points of view, this is a book about love and belonging, family and secrets and a reminder that we all have our own take on things: rightly or wrongly.'
'Jones conjures up 1980s Atlanta with conviction and has a pungently descriptive turn of phrase… Best of all, you feel utterly immersed in Jones’s knotty moral dilemma and as torn in your loyalties as the characters themselves.'
'Jones writes in a relaxed narrative style... She moves easily from depictions of Atlanta between the 1960s and the 1980s to the frustrations of teenage life and handles larger questions of birth right and belonging with admirable capaciousness and generosity.'
'One of my go-to recommendations to friends and family looking for something to read. It's a story about a complicated family centring on two half-sisters, one who knows the other exists and the other who has no clue. A propulsive, unforgettable read about the complexity of family.'
'Last year's winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction follows up An American Marriage with another beautiful novel.'
‘Jones’ characters have depth and soul as she scathingly shatters the illusion that your parents can always be relied upon… it has a dignity and assurance to it that’s quite intense.’
'Heartbreaking… Silver Sparrow confirms Jones' immense talent, particularly when writing about the more extreme pressures of family life.'