The Untelling - Tayari Jones

The Untelling

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2007-10-15
  • Genre: African American
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 23 Ratings)

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"Succeeds mightily...truly a wonderful story. Jones is a talent to be reckoned with." - Boston Globe

Aria is no stranger to tragedy -- as a young girl, she and her older sister and mother survived a car crash that took the lives of their father and beloved baby sister. And although relations with her remaining family are strained, she's done her best to establish a solid, normal life for herself, living in Atlanta and teaching literacy to girls who have fallen on hard times.

But now she has a secret that she's not yet ready to share with Dwayne, her devoted boyfriend, or Rochelle, her roommate and best friend: Aria is pregnant. Or so she thinks. The truth is about to make her question her every assumption and reevaluate the life she has worked so hard to build for it sends her reeling in a direction she had no idea she was destined to go.

"Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear."-Michael Chabon

"Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation."-Essence

"One of America's finest writers."

"Tayari Jones is a wonderful storyteller." -Ploughshares

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  • The Untelling

    By Ms Natlee
    Tayari Jones has written a story about life, how circumstances can alter it quickly how children and adults are affected by death. The main character witnessed her fathers death due to a car accident, and the death of her baby sister, as did her mother and older sister. The back is how it affected their lives. As an adult she experiences another loss not death but just as devastating. The story brings to light how death can bring families together or tear them apart. In this case it's the latter. Their hope is in the Untelling bittersweet at the end. Looking forward to more stories from Ms Jones.a
  • Of The Untelling

    By Tanasia Sue
    Page turner. Worth reading. Juicy description and language at times, very nice, picturesque moments. Overall o.k.
  • Beautifully written

    By Justplainvan
    Amazingly well written. Lyrical, insightful, and gut wrenching.