Oneworld has scooped another novel from Women’s Prize-winner Tayari Jones, a “compelling story of two half-sisters bound by family secrets”.
Publisher Juliet Mabey acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and ANZ, for Silver Sparrow from Kendra Poster at Algonquin, on behalf of agent Jane Dystel.
Mabey said she struck the “strong” five-figure deal in the weeks before Jones picked up the Women’s Prize for Fictionn in May for An American Marriage (Oneworld).
The synopsis for the novel, first released in the US in 2012, explains: “‘My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist’. So begins the breath-taking story of a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Silver Sparrow focuses on the corrosive ambiguity of a unique dynamic spanning three generations. At the heart of the novel are two half-sisters growing up in Atlanta. One of the girls is acknowledged by their father whilst the other is kept a secret. Written with the same wisdom, precision and sensitivity that drew so many readers to An American Marriage, Silver Sparrow has all the signs of a classic in the making; raising the story of one family to address universal themes of honesty and trust between the people we love.”
Oneworld will publish in April 2020, with international deals signed in Australia, France and Germany.
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