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Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
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3.5 stars

Dana says in the first sentence that her father is a bigamist. Dana and her mom are the secret family. Dana narrates the first half of the book. The second half is narrated by her half-sister Chaurisse narrates the second half.

Set in Atlanta and primarily in the 1980's this coming of age story is about both families. While James does everything he can to prevent his two wives and daughters from meeting it's obvious that it's only going to be a matter of time.

Jones has a beautiful way of telling a story. The complexity of the relationships was well portrayed.

I enjoyed the story but I never felt drawn into it. Even though Dana's telling of the first part was more compelling to me, I still felt distanced from the characters and the story.

I liked it but I didn't love it. I do think it would make excellent book club book. There is much to discuss.

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Reading Progress

July 8, 2011 – Shelved
April 30, 2019 – Started Reading
May 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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