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Tayari Jones

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in Atlanta, Georgia, The United States


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Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State Univers ...more

Jones Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Tayari Jones has been awarded a 2021 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922, the Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific powe

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An American Marriage

3.95 avg rating — 293,139 ratings — published 2018 — 77 editions
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Silver Sparrow

3.92 avg rating — 28,997 ratings — published 2011 — 32 editions
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Leaving Atlanta

4.03 avg rating — 4,008 ratings — published 2002 — 11 editions
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The Untelling

3.72 avg rating — 3,076 ratings — published 2005 — 14 editions
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Half Light

3.82 avg rating — 1,310 ratings — published 2020 — 2 editions
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Atlanta Noir

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Old Fourth Ward

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“But home isn't where you land; home is where you launch. You can't pick your home any more than you can choose your family. In poker, you get five cards. Three of them you can swap out, but two are yours to keep: family and native land.”
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