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Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is an American author and winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She was educated at Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Series contributed to
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2019) : An American Marriage
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel winner (2019) : An American Marriage

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"Everything you want in a novel-flawed, complicated characters, lush descriptions, breathtaking plot, and a fierce beating heart."
Sycamore (2017)
Bryn Chancellor
"Bryn Chancellor explores the complexities of a small-town girlhood with insight and compassion. A page-turner and a heart-breaker, Sycamore marks the arrival of a shining new voice."
Song of a Captive Bird (2018)
Jasmin Darznik
"Written with the urgent tenderness of a love letter, this soaring novel is a heart-breaker and heart-mender at once—a gorgeous tribute to the brave and brilliant poet remembered in its pages."
The Boatbuilder (2018)
Daniel Gumbiner
"A meditation on love, loyalty, and the shared experiences that turn strangers into family."
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl (2018)
Jean Thompson
"Jean Thompson is a brilliant novelist from the classic school of storytelling. This is a moving tale built upon a foundation of unforgettable characters, drawn with empathy and insight. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a story that illustrates our present moment through a keen and unflinching look at our past. Thompson's work centers on the Midwest, what some call 'fly over' country, but in her hands, we come to see that it is the center."
Disappearing Earth (2019)
Julia Phillips
"Julia Phillips is at once a careful cartographer and gorgeous storyteller. Written with passion and patience, this is the story of a people and the land that shapes them. A mystery of two missing girls burns at the center of this astonishing debut, and the complexity of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin illuminates this question and many more."
Red at the Bone (2019)
Jacqueline Woodson
"This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters."
If I Had Two Wings (2020)
Randall Kenan
"Randall Kenan is an American master and If I Had Two Wings is his latest gift to us. These unforgettable characters cannot be confined to a page. They are real; they are flawed; they beautifully human. Each gorgeous story contains a world in miniature and a human spirit in full flower."
Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket (2021)
Hilma Wolitzer
"Wit, wisdom and warmth form the foundation of this sparkling collection. Wolitzer is a natural-born storyteller whose rigour, attention and generosity create miracles on each and every page."
The Dove in the Belly (2022)
Jim Grimsley
"A rich and complex coming of age tale that manages to be brave and vulnerable at once. Grimsley captures the poetry of everyday life, reminding us that each of our lives is extraordinary, if only because of our capacity to love."
We Do What We Do in the Dark (2022)
Michelle Hart
"A gorgeous storyteller, Hart is gifted with a poet's precision, blending image and idea. Sensual and wise, this novel channels the melancholic exhilaration of dangerous love."
Dele Weds Destiny (2022)
Tomi Obaro
"Fast-paced, glamorous, and bursting with emotion, Dele Weds Destiny is a thrilling debut. The bonds between women - as friends, and across the generations - are the jewels that make this story shine."
Harry Sylvester Bird (2022)
Chinelo Okparanta
"Irreverent and compassionate at once, Okparanta interrogates our current moment. In her hands, humor is a weapon, a tool, and a salve. You will laugh until you cry, or maybe you will cry until you laugh."
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (2022)
Gabrielle Zevin
"An exquisite love letter to life with all its rose gardens and minefields . . . To read this book is to laugh, to mourn, to learn, and to grow."

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