Ordinary Lives & Devastating Truths

Premieres on 24 May at 7pm, on Charleston’s YouTube channel
US author Tayari Jones’ novel ‘An American Marriage’ won the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and her work has been championed by both Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Now, Tayari joins us from Atlanta to speak to Alex Clark about ‘Silver Sparrow’. Set in a middle-class neighbourhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around bigamist James Witherspoon’s two families — one public, one secret — and the complicated friendship of the teenage daughters of each.

Explore the art of writing tangled relationships and the perils of young womanhood with ‘one of the most important writers of her generation’ (The Atlanta Journal Constitution).

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Photo: Tayari Jones © Nina Subin