Clarisse recommends:


A French and Politics graduate who spent her university years perusing the Hallward Library and working in Waterstones, Clarisse is the ultimate queen of book recommendations.

This month she brings us 'Silver Sparrow' written by Tayari Jones whose writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believe and The New York Times.

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This beautifully written book explores the relationship between two half sisters. They share the same father, are born within days of each other and only one knows about the other. When the girls are teenagers, they become friends and it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out.

This book consumed my entire weekend. I couldn’t stop reading and I didn’t want to. It was just amazing. I truly think that Tayari Jones is unrivalled in her depiction of realistic, heartbreaking relationships! Like in An American Marriage, the narrative is split between the main protagonists. And in exactly the same way as An American Marriage, the narratives give such a thoughtful insight into the characters that it’s almost impossible (for me anyway) to pick a side. The character motivations are so believable, so natural. Even though I may disagree with their actions, I still understand them.

It’s so rare that an author can pull off a dual narrative in this way, I can’t think of another writer I’ve read who has made me feel this conflicted! This is just as good as American Marriage, I feel like it should have also won the Women’s Prize when the book came out in 2011.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read about the intricacies and complexities of relationships. If anyone has read this or wants to, please let me know, as I want to discuss this book with everyone!