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Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones
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Tayari Jones’ stirring, thought-provoking new novel, An American Marriage, tackles big issues—race, loyalty, resilience—and perhaps the biggest issue of them all: love. As she takes readers into the hearts and minds of three ordinary people bound and separated by circumstances beyond their control, Jones probes the very souls of her unforgettable characters, giving equal measure to their virtues and flaws. "An American Marriage asks hard questions about injustice and betrayal, and answers them with a heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded,” says past Sojourn author Tom Perrotta. A rising literary voice, Jones’ last novel, Silver Sparrow, was a No. 1 Indie Next Pick, was named an NEA Big Read, and was chosen as a Best Book by O, The Oprah Magazine, Library Journal, Slate and Salon. Jones’ previous novels also include Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has 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. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon hails Jones for being “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.”

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