Win This: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

A Silver Sparrow Giveaway!

Just leave a comment on Tayari’s blog post for a chance to win!

Do you want a copy of my new novel?


If you do, you’re in luck. My team at Algonquin has offered to give away three copies! To enter the contest, just leave me a comment. On Tuesday February 1, I will draw the names of the winners and post the video here.


I was so glad when Algonquin agreed to this giveaway. The early copies are usually reserved for media people and bookstore owners, but I really wanted to share with the readers of my blog. I asked for one copy for the giveaway, but they gave me THREE. (I have the best publisher in the world. Really.)

But enough of me getting all sentimental. Here’s a little cut and paste from the jacket copy:


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.


Wanna read it? Let me know.


Tayari Jones


2 Comments On This Post:

January 31, 2011
11:02 pm
Donnan Runkel says...

We all struggle with shadows, maybe we even juggle them. How great to shed light on the shadows of what has sensationalistic (to coin a word)potential. It sounds genuine, inventive and inviting.
Thanks for writing it.

February 1, 2011
11:51 am
Renee Richard says...

Interesting topic. I’m in a book club, and this book sounds like something we’d really enjoy.

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