Silver Sparrowby Jones, Tayari
This is the story of two young women who are the daughters of James Witherspoon, a bigamist. Dana Lynn and her mother Gwendolyn know about James' first wife Laverne and daughter Chaurisse, but Laverne and Chaurisse have no idea that James has a second family. The families live in the same Atlanta neighborhood. The girls are just months apart in age but attend different schools. James takes great lengths to keep the girls apart but a teenage party puts the half-sisters' parallel lives on a collision course and life will never be the same for anyone.
This novel was one of Library Journal's top ten books of 2011. The first half of the book is told through the voice of Dana Lynn and that of Chaurisse completes the book. If you like Alice Walker's The Color Purple or Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, you may want to try Silver Sparrow, with its rich, well-developed characters and lyrical writing.
Reviewed by nw, 7/12. Other reviews by nw. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!