Tayari Jones
Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

From the publisher: "Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the 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. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed 'one of the most important writers of her generation' (the Atlanta Journal Constitution)."

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

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I really enjoyed An American Marriage. This has been showing up everywhere -- the Summer Reading Guide, Oprah's book club pick, Book of the Month selection, a Links I Love blog post (the origin story is fascinating).

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Leaving Atlanta

Leaving Atlanta

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Tayari Jones's debut novel is based on the 1979 Atlanta child murders. From the publisher: "It's the end of summer in Atlanta, and fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover that back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear. Because it was the summer during which Atlanta's African-American children were vanishing. The moving story of their struggle to grow up and survive shimmers with the piercing, ineffable quality of childhood, as it captures all the hurts and little wins, the all-too-sudden changes, and the merciless, outside forces that can sweep the young into adulthood and forever shape their lives."

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The Untelling

The Untelling

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Tayari Jones's second novel centers around Aria Jackson, who as a child, lost her father and sister in a car accident. Years later, she's done her best to establish a life for herself. Until she thinks she is pregnant but finds instead that she is experiencing early menopause. At the local literacy center she works at, she is drawn to Keisha, a teen pregnant with her second child. Not wanting to tell her fiancé she's infertile, Aria claims to have lost the baby. But Dwayne's wish for a child remains. Aria watches as Keisha's pregnancy progresses, and Aria's life becomes layered with lies.

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Half Light

Half Light

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Series: 21 novellas

From Tayari Jones, author of the New York Times best seller and Oprah’s Book Club pick An American Marriage, comes an intimate, powerful story of two sisters.

Identical twins Amelia and Camelia Hall were born with the same face, and that’s about it: By the time the girls were through school, the matching set of names could no longer contain them. Now there’s Cam, whose contrarian streak led her to a career in law, and Lia, who followed more closely in her parents’ footsteps with her dermatology practice and married-with-children lifestyle in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park.

But the bond between the sisters is deep and unshakable - Cam serves as the maid of honor on Lia’s wedding day and as her attorney 15 years later, when Lia’s life and the lives of her two teenage daughters are rocked by divorce. And two years after her separation, the dust is finally starting to settle. But in the hazy glow of their first years of marriage, Lia gifted her then-husband a precious, irreplaceable family heirloom, and she decides that now, she must do whatever she can to get it back, starting with breaking and entering.

In Half Light, Jones explores the complex, profound bond of family, both the family we’re born with and the family we choose, against the vibrant backdrop of present-day Atlanta.

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