Silver Sparrow is a quiet, impactful book, an almost meld of the writings of Alice Walker and Barbara Kingsolver. Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, it tells the story of Dana, the secret preteen daughter of James, who is married and has another family across town. Dana struggles with her shame and anger when she realizes that she is an illegitimate daughter. Dana becomes obsessed with her half-sister Chaurisse, who has no idea that Dana and her mother exist. And then one day, Dana and Chaurisse’s paths cross, and the secrets begin to unravel. The result is a disquieting novel that examines the bonds and the obligations that make up a family.