Nominated by:

New York Public Library, USA

Kansas City Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Algonquin Books, USA

Silver Sparrow

Tayari Jones      

2013 Longlist

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,”Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Tayari Jones has written for McSweeney’s, the New York Times, and the Believer. Her previous novels are Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling, winner of the Lillian C. Smith Award. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers-Newark and blogs on writing at

Librarians’ Comments

A secret bigamist’s two daughters meet and form a friendship that is explosive and heart breaking. Flawed characters surrounded by tight prose.

Exceptional writing and storytelling.


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