Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story starts off with, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist." It's told in two parts, first by Dana, who is the daughter in James' secret/illegal marriage. The second part is told by his other daugheter, Chaurisse, from his first marriage. Dana and her mother know the situation, Chaurisse and her mother do not. James is the only character that I didn't care for. I cared about, and pulled for all the others.
Tayari Jones is a wonderful writer who really draws you in to each character's life. It got to a point where I really didn't want to put the book down. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the final chapter felt rushed and the story left a lot of questions unanswered. I would love to know more about what happened to these characters' lives.
I also enjoyed reading the interview with the author at the end of the book. Knowing why she wrote the book the way she did and how she was influenced, made me appreciate the story all the more.
I do look forward to reading other works by Ms. Jones.
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