Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones, photo by Nina Subin
Tayari Jones, photo by Nina Subin

New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones has written four novels, most recently An American Marriage, which is an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and appeared on Barack Obama’s summer reading list and his year-end roundup. The novel was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction), Aspen Words Literary Prize, and an NAACP Image Award. It has been published in two dozen countries.

Jones, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, United States Artists Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship, and a Radcliffe Fellowship. Her third novel, Silver Sparrow, was an NEA Big Read.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.


selected bibliography

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage (2018)
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Silver Sparrow (2011)
The Untelling by Tayari Jones
The Untelling (2005)
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
Leaving Atlanta (2002)

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online resources

Tayari Jones’s website

Video: Jones on Idaho Public Television