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The 2017 book of choice for the NEA Big Read: Peoria Reads! is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. It’s a heartbreaking tale of one man and his two families. The story takes place in middle-class Atlanta in the 80’s. One daughter knows about his second family and the story asks what happens when the other daughter finds out. Through a chance meeting, the two teenage girls become friends and the truth of the situation starts to unravel. The girls have to find their way through this storm and find that family and friend can bring both joy and pain. The book lends itself to great discussion questions for book clubs and groups who want to talk about the importance of honesty and the value of relationships.
The author of Silver Sparrow was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and educated Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona state. Tayari Jones’ stories all take place in the south and are about African-Americans. Silver Sparrow is her third novel. The novel was also chosen as a NEA Big Read for this year.
Here is a great interview with her talking about Silver Sparrow with NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/19/136466056/silver-sparrow-tayari-joness-tale-of-secret-sisters
Peoria Reads! is happy to have the author, Tayari Jones, come to two events at the Peoria Public Library. Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 at the Peoria Public Library- Lincoln Branch, and Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 at Peoria Public Library- North Branch. Ms. Jones will talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books. The event is free and open to the public.
Check back with the Peoria Reads! for further information and details about this year’s Peoria Reads! pick. www.peoriareads.com
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, please visit www.neabigread.org.
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