Silver Sparrow Lib/E

Tayari Jones (Author) Rosalyn Coleman-Williams (Read by)
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Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
June 01, 2011
6.9 X 2.0 X 6.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University. Visit her website at

Rosalyn Coleman Williams is the director of the award-winning short film Allergic to Nuts. She is a 2003 Fox Fellow Award winner and was nominated for a 2006 Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her performance in Intimate Apparel at the Philadelphia Theater Company. Her film credits include Vanilla Sky, Our Song, and Music of the Heart. Rosalyn is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, the East Coast Writers Collective, and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

Heather Alicia Simms is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator and actress. Her filmography includes Broken Flowers, Flutter Kick, Shock Act, Kingscounty, Head of State, Third Watch, and others. She also provided voice acting for the video game Red Dead Revolver.


A love story...Full of perverse wisdom and proud joy...Jones' skill for wry understatement never wavers.

-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

Charting a vast emotional unknown is Tayari Jones' compelling third novel, Silver Sparrow, in which a teenage girl's coming of age in 1990s Atlanta is shadowed by her dawning understanding of a corrosive secret-her father's second family.

-- "Vogue"

Absorbing...Jones writes dialogue that is realistic and sparkling, with an intuitive sense of how much to reveal and when.

-- "Washington Post"

[Jones] is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester.

-- "Village Voice"

Impossible to put down until you find out how these sisters will discover their own versions of family.

-- "Los Angeles Times"

Nakedly honest...Dazzlingly charged.

-- "Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

A tense, layered, and evocative tale...Jones explores the rivalry and connection of siblings, the meaning of beauty, the perils of young womanhood, the complexities of romantic relationships, and the contemporary African-American experience.

-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

This is a heartbreaking story of two sisters, unknown to each other at first, who find and love each other for a short time in their lives.

-- "Oklahoman"

[An] expansive third novel...Jones effectively blends the sisters' varied, flawed perspectives as the characters struggle with presumptions of family and the unwieldy binds of love and identity.

-- "Booklist"

Jones beautifully evokes Atlanta in the 1980s while creating gritty, imperfect characters whose pain lingers in the reader's heart.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Tayari Jones's immensely pleasurable new novel pulls off a minor miracle...Subtly exploring the power of labels...Jones crafts an affecting tale about things, big and small, we forfeit to forge a family. There are no winners in this empathetic and provocative story, only survivors.

-- "More"