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MFA faulty member Tayari Jones' novel Silver Sparrow has been slected by Slate.com's editors and critics to be part of the publication's Best Books of 2011 list.
Culture Critic June Thomas said of Jones' novel:
"The most immersive novel I read in 2011, that is, the book that allowed me to forget my own world and fall head first into someone else’s, was Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow. It is the story of Dana Lynn Yarboro, who grows up knowing that her father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist, and her attempt to get to know and understand James’ other, more privileged family, especially her half-sister, Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon. It’s one of those 'just one more chapter' kinds of books that requires much last-minute changing of plans, because real life feels far less amusing, appalling, shocking, and loving than the world of its characters."
For the full list of Slate.com's Best Books of 2011, click here.