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Tayari Jones

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20080201, 20070608

The young novelist Tayari Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970, so she was very cognizant of the child murders that took place during her third and fourth grade years in the black neighborhoods of her hometown.  This formed the basis of her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, which builds a strong fictional world around the mysterious tragedies as seen through the eyes of several children.  Jones also talks about the joy of writing fiction and her second novel The Untelling, which depicts young women in their 20s attempting to overcome past traumas. 

 

| Subject Matter: Atlanta, Georgia, Tragedy, Trauma | Interview Year: 2007 | Genre: Fiction |

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