SILVER SPARROW | TAYARI JONES

You can’t tell your teacher that my name is James Witherspoon. Atlanta ain’t nothing but a country town, and everyone knows everybody.

Your other wife and your other girl is a secret?, I asked him.

He put me down from his lap, so we could look each other in the face. No. You’ve got it the wrong way around. Dana you are the one that’s a secret.

…living here, you don’t know anything about white people. Where I’m from, everything is mixed. In Atlanta, at least out here where we stay at, everything is so black that y’all don’t know what it feels like to be black.

When you have seen your mother shattered, there’s no putting her back together. There will always be seams, chipped edges, and clumps of dried glue. Even if you could get her to where she looks the same, she will never be stronger than a cracked plate.