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Tayari Jones - Author

About the Author

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayarijones.com/blog. She lives in Brooklyn.

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Author: Tayari Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2018

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 `Haunting...beautifully written.' The New York Times Book Review `Compelling.' The Washington Post `Epic...transcendent...triumphant.' Elle `It's among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.' Oprah Winfrey `Tayari Jones' vision, strength, and truth-telling voice have found a new level of artistry and power.' Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she struggles to hold on to the love that has been her centre. When his conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.

American Marriage

American Marriage

Author: Tayari Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2018

An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.'Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.'- Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'A stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams.'- Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory'A heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded.'- Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children

Atlanta Noir Akashic Noir

Atlanta Noir Akashic Noir

Author: Tayari Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2017

Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

Author: Tayari Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2011

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, "e;My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,"e; author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families-the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters-the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle-she reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers-think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye-Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.

Leaving Atlanta

Leaving Atlanta

Author: Tayari Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2009

FROM THE AUTHOR OF AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTIONIt's the end of summer in Atlanta, and fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover that back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear. Because it was the summer during which Atlanta's African-American children were vanishing. The moving story of their struggle to grow up and survive shimmers with the piercing, ineffable quality of childhood, as it captures all the hurts and little wins, the all-too-sudden changes, and the merciless, outside forces that can sweep the young into adulthood and forever shape their lives.PRAISE FOR TAYARI JONES"e;Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear."e;-Michael Chabon"e;Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation."e;-Essence"e;One of America's finest writers."e;-Nylon.com"e;Tayari Jones is a wonderful storyteller."e; -Ploughshares

Untelling

Untelling

Author: Tayari Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

Aria is no stranger to tragedy. Fifteen years ago, a family outing took the lives of her father and baby sister, leaving remaining members of this fractured family struggling with their own guilt-real and imagined. At twenty-five, Aria believes she can reinvent herself through her planned marriage with all its promise of a family of her own. Her infertility changes her life as swiftly and irrevocably as the urban landscape around her. With prose that is both eloquent and unflinching, Jones charts the emotional journey of her characters as they explore the painful territory of truth and the healing landscape of forgiveness.

Untelling

Untelling

Author: Tayari Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2007

FROM THE AUTHOR OF AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION"e;Succeeds mightily...truly a wonderful story. Jones is a talent to be reckoned with."e; - Boston GlobeAria is no stranger to tragedy -- as a young girl, she and her older sister and mother survived a car crash that took the lives of their father and beloved baby sister. And although relations with her remaining family are strained, she's done her best to establish a solid, normal life for herself, living in Atlanta and teaching literacy to girls who have fallen on hard times. But now she has a secret that she's not yet ready to share with Dwayne, her devoted boyfriend, or Rochelle, her roommate and best friend: Aria is pregnant. Or so she thinks. The truth is about to make her question her every assumption and reevaluate the life she has worked so hard to build for herself...as it sends her reeling in a direction she had no idea she was destined to go.PRAISE FOR TAYARI JONES"e;Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear."e;-Michael Chabon"e;Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation."e;-Essence"e;One of America's finest writers."e;-Nylon.com"e;Tayari Jones is a wonderful storyteller."e; -Ploughshares

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