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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Leaving Atlanta (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Untelling (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silver Sparrow (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
An American Marriage (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half Light (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

Seattle Noir (By: Lou Kemp,Robert Lopresti,Simon Wood,Kathleen Alcalá,G.M. Ford,BrianThornton,R. Barri Flowers,Bharti Kirchner,Curt Colbert,Paul S. Piper,Stephan Magcosta,Thomas P. Hopp,Patricia Harrington,Skye Kathleen Moody) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Noir (By: Adam Mansbach,Ken Bruen,Pete Hamill,Sidney Offit,Chris Niles,Maggie Estep,Tim McLoughlin,Nicole Blackman,Nelson George,Arthur Nersesian,Pearl Abraham,C.J.Sullivan,EllenMiller,Norman W. Kelley) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
D.C. Noir (By: George Pelecanos,Jennifer Howard) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicago Noir (By: Neal Pollack) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miami Noir (By: Les Standiford) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattan Noir (By: Lawrence Block) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baltimore Noir (By: Laura Lippman) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Noir (By: Martyn Waites,Jerry Sykes,Ken Bruen,Desmond Barry,Patrick McCabe,John Williams,Michael Ward,Stewart Home,Cathi Unsworth,Mark Pilkington,Joolz Denby,Daniel Bennett,Ken Hollings,Barry Adamson,Sylvie Simmons,Max Décharné,Joe McNally) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Noir (By: Laura Lippman,Thomas Adcock,Julie Smith,Ace Atkins,Barbara Hambly,Patty Friedmann,David Fulmer,Jervey Tervalon,Greg Herren,Kalamu ya Salaam,Tim McLoughlin,James Nolan) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Noir (By: Julie Smith) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Noir (By: Denise Hamilton) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wall Street Noir (By: Reed Farrel Coleman,John Burdett,Charles Ardai,Jim Fusilli,Peter Spiegelman,Twist Phelan,Jason Starr,Peter Blauner,Mark Haskell Smith,Tim Broderick,Henry Blodget,Larry Light,James Hime,Lauren Sanders) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Havana Noir (By: Achy Obejas) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detroit Noir (By: P.J. Parrish,Loren D. Estleman,Joyce Carol Oates,Megan Abbott,Nisi Shawl,John C. Hocking,Craig Holden,Desiree Cooper,Peter Markus,E.J. Olsen) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing But the Truth (By: Reed Farrel Coleman,Thomas Adcock,Robert Leuci,Robert Knightly,Tim McLoughlin,C.J.Sullivan,Christopher Musella,Kim Sykes,Jess Korman,Constance Casey,Rosemarie Yu,Dennis Hawkins,Errol Louis,Denise Buffa,Patricia Mulcahy,Aileen Gallagher) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toronto Noir (By: Janine Armin,Nathaniel G. Moore) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics (By: Lawrence Block) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paris Noir (By: Dominique Mainard,Didier Daeninckx,Aurélien Masson,Marc Villard,Patrick Pécherot,Chantal Pelletier,Jean-Bernard Pouy,Salim Bachi,Christophe Mercier,Jérôme Leroy,DOA,Laurent Martin,Hervé Prudon) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Istanbul Noir (By: Amy Spangler,Mustafa Ziyalan,Jessica J.J. Lutz,Mehmet Bilâl Dede) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Noir 2 (By: Joe Gores,Dashiell Hammett,Bill Pronzini,Jack London,Ambrose Bierce,Mark Twain,Janet Dawson,Fletcher Flora,Frank Norris,Craig Clevenger,Peter Maravelis,Oscar Peñaranda,Seth Morgan) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rome Noir (By: Carlo Lucarelli,Maxim Jakubowski,Francesca Mazzucato,Diego De Silva,Gianrico Carofiglio,Marcello Fois,Antonio Scurati,Chiara Stangalino,Evelina Santangelo,Nicola Lagioia,Tommaso Pincio,Antonio Pascale,Nicoletta Vallorani,Giuseppe Genna,C.D. Formetta,Enrico Franceschini,Boosta) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Delhi Noir (By: Hirsh Sawhney) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (By: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,Walter Mosley,William Campbell Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,Paul Cain,Denise Hamilton,Yxta Maya Murray,Kate Braverman) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moscow Noir (By: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya,Irina Denezhkina,Natalia Smirnova,Julia Goumen,Anna Starobinets,Vyacheslav Kuritsyn,Andrei Khusnutdinov,Alexander Anuchkin,Vladimir Tuchkov,Igor Zotov,Gleb Shulpyakov,Maxim Maximov,Sergei Samsonov,Dmitry Kosyrev,Alexei Evdokimov,Sergei Kuznetsov) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mexico City Noir (By: ) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orange County Noir (By: T. Jefferson Parker,Dick Lochte,Gary Phillips,Robert S. Levinson,Patricia McFall,Susan Straight,Robert Ward,Gordon McAlpine,Nathan Walpow,Barbara DeMarco-Barrett) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indian Country Noir (By: Lawrence Block,Reed Farrel Coleman,O'Neil De Noux,Gerard Houarner,Richie Narvaez,Joseph Bruchac,Melissa Yi,Liz Martínez,Sarah Cortez,Kimberly Roppolo,Leonard Schonberg,Mistina Bates,Jean Rae Baxter,A.A. Hedge Coke) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star Noir (By: Joe R. Lansdale,James Crumley,Luis Alberto Urrea,Bobby Byrd,Milton T. Burton,Lisa Sandlin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Philadelphia Noir (By: Duane Swierczynski,Halimah Marcus,Solomon Jones,Dennis Tafoya,Asali Solomon,Keith Gilman,Carlin Romano) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haiti Noir (By: Edwidge Danticat,Mark Kurlansky,Marie Lily Cerat,Louis-Philippe Dalembert,Marvin Victor,Katia D. Ulysse,Ibi Zoboi,Nadine Pinede,Yanick Lahens,Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel,Rodney Saint-Éloi,Patrick Sylvain,M.J. Fievre,Gary Victor,Kettly Mars,Evelyne Trouillot,Madison Smartt Bell,Josaphat-Robert Large) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Copenhagen Noir (By: Bo Tao Michaëlis) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pittsburgh Noir (By: Kathleen George) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Diego Noir (By: Maryelizabeth Hart) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barcelona Noir (By: Achy Obejas,Carmen Ospina) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cape Cod Noir (By: David L. Ulin) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Venice Noir (By: Peter James,Maxim Jakubowski,Emily St. John Mandel,Mary Hoffman,Barbara Baraldi,Mike Hodges,Maria Tronca,Matteo Righetto,Tony Cartano,Francesco Ferracin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mumbai Noir (By: Altaf Tyrewala) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
St. Petersburg Noir (By: Pavel Krusanov,Natalia Smirnova,Julia Goumen,Andrei Kivinov,Sergei Nosov,Vadim Levental,Alexander Kudriavtsev,Natalia Kurchatova,Ksenia Venglinskaya,Lena Eltang,Andrei Rubanov,Anna Solovey,Julia Belomllinsky,Anton Chizh,Mikhail Lialin,Eugene Kogan,Vladimir Berezin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kansas City Noir (By: Linda Rodriguez) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boston Noir 2 (By: Robert B. Parker,Dennis Lehane,Joyce Carol Oates,Linda Barnes,Andre Dubus,David Wallace,Andre Dubus III,Jaime Clarke,Mary Cotton,David Ryan,Kenneth Abel,Barbara Neely,Hannah Tinti,Jason Brown,Chuck Hogan,George Harrar,George V. Higgins) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manila Noir (By: Gina Apostol,Eric Gamalinda,Sabina Murray,Budjette Tan,Kajo Baldisimo,Jessica Hagedorn,Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra,Angelo R. Lacuesta,F.H. Batacan,José Y. Dalisay Jr.,R. Zamora Linmark,Marianne Villanueva,Jonas Vitman,Lysley Tenorio,Rosario Cruz-Lucero) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haiti Noir 2 (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buffalo Noir (By: Ed Park,Brigid Hughes) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dallas Noir (By: Harry Hunsicker,Ben Fountain,David Haynes,Kathleen Kent,James Hime,Lauren Davis,Matt Bondurant,Clay Reynolds,Merritt Tierce,Daniel J. Hale,Emma Rathbone) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marseille Noir (By: Salim Hatubou,Christian Garcin,Cédric Fabre,François Thomazeau,Patrick Coulomb,René Frégni,Marie Neuser,Emmanuel Loi,Rebecca Lighieri,François Beaune,Philippe Carrese,Pia Petersen,Serge Scotto,Minna Sif) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tel Aviv Noir (By: Etgar Keret) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helsinki Noir (By: James Thompson,Pekka Hiltunen) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prison Noir (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tehran Noir (By: Vali Khalili,Salar Abdoh,Gina B. Nahai) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Belfast Noir (By: Lee Child,Ruth Dudley Edwards,Brian McGilloway,Stuart Neville,Ian McDonald,Steve Cavanagh,Adrian McKinty,Claire McGowan,Sam Millar,Garbhan Downey,Eoin McNamee,Arlene Hunt,Alex Barclay,Ludy Caldwell,Gerard Brennan,Glenn Patterson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zagreb Noir (By: Darko Macan,Josip Novakovich,Robert Perišić,Mima Simić,Neven Ušumović,Nada Gašić,Ivan Sršen,Ivan Vidić,Ružica Gašperov,Pero Kvesić,Zoran Pilić,Andrea Žigić-Dolenec,Darko Milošić,Nora Verde) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brussels Noir (By: Michel Dufranne) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Providence Noir (By: Amity Gaige,Ann Hood,Bruce DeSilva,Luanne Rice,Dawn Raffel,Marie Myung-Ok Lee,John Searles,Thomas Cobb,LaShonda Katrice Barnett,Taylor M. Polites,Hester Kaplan,Robert Leuci,Peter Farrelly,Pablo Rodríguez) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beirut Noir (By: Najwa Barakat,Rawi Hage,Abbas Beydoun,Mazen Maarouf,Iman Humaydan,Zena el Khalil,Muhammad Abi Samra,Leila Eid,Hala Kawtharani,Marie Tawk,Bana Baydoun,Hyam Yared,Alawiyeh Sobh,Mazen Zahreddine,Bachir Hilal,Tarek Abi Samra) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memphis Noir (By: Laureen P. Cantwell,Leonard Gill,Richard J. Alley,David Wesley Williams) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Noir (By: Julie Smith) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stockholm Noir (By: Inger Frimansson,Ake Edwardson,Johan Theorin,Nathan Larson,Carl-Michael Edenborg,Martin Holmén,Anna-Karin Selberg,Lina Wolff,Unni Drougge,Inger Edelfeldt,Torbjörn Elensky,Carl Johan De Geer,Malte Persson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prague Noir (By: Ond?ej Neff,Kateřina Tučková,Martin Goffa,Pavel Mandys,Miloš Urban,Št?pán Kop?iva,Petr Šabach,Ji?í W. Procházka,Chaim Cigan,Petr Stančík,Markéta Pilátová,Michal Sýkora,Michaela Klevisová,Petra Soukupová,Irena Hejdová) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Juan Noir (By: Charlie Vázquez,Mayra Santos-Febres,Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro,Luis Negrón,Janette Becerra,Tere Davila,Manolo Núñez Negrón,Ana María Fuster Lavín,Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos,Manuel A. Meléndez,Alejandro Álvarez Nieves,Ernesto Quiñonez,José Rabelo,Edmaris Carazo) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trinidad Noir: The Classics (By: V.S. Naipaul,Michael Anthony,Derek Walcott,Robert Antoni,C.L.R. James,Lawrence Scott,Shani Mootoo,Elizabeth Nunez,Barbara Jenkins,Willi Chen,Ismith Khan,Wayne Brown,Samuel Selvon,Eric Roach,Harold Sonny Ladoo,Jennifer Rahim,Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw,Sharon Millar) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atlanta Noir (With: Tananarive Due,Jim Grimsley,Brandon Massey,Jennifer Harlow,Daniel Black) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Montana Noir (By: James Grady) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buenos Aires Noir (By: ) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Montreal Noir (By: John McFetridge) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Berlin Noir (By: Thomas Wörtche,Matthias Wittekindt,Max Annas,Lucy Jones,Miron Zownir,Zoë Beck,Rob Alef,Katja Bohnet,Ute Cohen,Johannes Groschupf,Kai Hensel,Robert Rescue,Susanne Saygin,Ulrich Woelk,Michael Wuliger) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
São Paulo Noir (By: Tony Bellotto) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baghdad Noir (By: Salar Abdoh,Muhsin Al-Ramli,Ahmed Saadawi,Roy Scranton,Samuel Shimon,Sinan Antoon,Nassif Falak,Hadia Said,Salima Salih,Hayet Raies,Mohammed Alwan Jabr,Dheya al-Khalidi,Hussain Al-Mozany,Ali Bader,Layla Qasrany,محسن الرملي) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marrakech Noir (By: Yassin Adnan,Mahi Binebine,Abdelkader Benali,Fouad Laroui,Allal Bourqia,Fatiha Morchid,Taha Adnan,Mohamed Zouhair,Lahcen Bakour,Halima Zine El Abidine,Hanane Derkaoui,My Seddik Rabbaj,Mohamed Nedali,Mohamed Achaari,Karima Nadir) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lagos Noir (By: Chris Abani (ed)) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vancouver Noir (By: R.M. Greenaway) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hong Kong Noir (By: Marshall Moore,Xu Xi,Susan Blumberg- Kason,Jason Y. Ng,Ysabelle Cheung,ShannonYoung,Brittani Sonnenberg,Tiffany Hawk,James Tam,Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang,Christina Liang,Feng Chi-Shun,Charles Philipp Martin,Shen Jian,Carmen Suen) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amsterdam Noir (By: Herman Koch,René Appel,Josh Pachter,Theo Capel,Hanna Bervoets,Michael Berg,Anneloes Timmerije,Murat Isik,Karin Amatmoekrim,Christine Otten,Mensje van Keulen,Max van Olden,Loes den Hollander,Abdelkader Benali,Walter van den Berg,Simon de Waal) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Houston Noir (By: Gwendolyn Zepeda) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Columbus Noir (By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa Fe Noir (By: Ariel Gore) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alabama Noir (By: Don Noble) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tampa Bay Noir (By: Colette Bancroft) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Addis Ababa Noir (By: Maaza Mengiste) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miami Noir (By: Les Standiford) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atlanta Noir(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

An American author of contemporary literature and fiction, the writer Tayari Jones is world renowned all thanks to her unique and perceptive voice that resonates with readers regardless of their background. This is due to her down-to-earth manner that manages to convey her perspective from a place of both confidence and vulnerability, displaying a real sense of humanity in her prose. Carrying her novels forwards in a strong and independent manner, she is able to draw the reader in, allowing them to see the world ostensibly through her eyes, creating a sense of real intimacy with them, allowing them to gain a unique insight that they may otherwise not have had. Chosen for Oprah’s Book Club in 2018, she has made waves throughout the industry, with many public figures and critics singing her praises, as both the critics and the general public have been taking to her work. Using characters that come from a very real place, she really manages to touch on real-world issues that resonate throughout her work and her audience at large. This has given her an even greater profile in recent years, allowing her to expand upon her portfolio of work with resounding success. Knowing and understanding her readers on an intimate level, she really makes the most of her material, creating a vibrant and upbeat tone, whilst also ensuring that her readers find something new that challenges their beliefs each and every time. This has lead to her becoming one of the most sought after voices in recent years, allowing her influence to spread globally on an unprecedented scale. It is also the familiar nature of her characters that really rings true, as they manage to provide the reader with a window into a highly distinctive mindset and outlook. With her career still showing signs of continuing onwards and upwards, she doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon, as her writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, Tayari Jones grew up with a strong passion for both reading and writing from a very early age, always looking to expand upon it and nurture it over the years. Graduating from the University of Iowa, Spelman College and the Arizona State University, she would also have a lifelong career in academia too, something which continues in her position as an Associate Professor who is currently working upon the MFA program that is situated at the Rutgers-Newark University. This has allowed her to work upon her voice over the years, building upon her material and experience, as well as refining her craft and style too. With a lot more to come in the future, there’s plenty more planned on the horizon, as her writing career will carry on for quite some time to come.

Writing Career

Producing and publishing her first novel in 2002, Tayari Jones would make her debut onto the literary scene with the stand-alone novel titled ‘Leaving Atlanta’. This would be a book that would fully utilize Atlanta, a city and location that Jones holds very close to her heart, something which becomes abundantly clear as the novel progresses. Over time she would continue to develop her career on from this, taking the time to hone and refine her voice, building upon what it was that she really wanted to say. Whilst she wouldn’t create any series as such, she would publish self-contained titles that would speak for themselves, making it clear what her viewpoints were, as she would write from a very singular point-of-view. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t empathize with all walks of life though, as she would really work at getting into the mindset of characters with personalities and lives far removed from her own. Ultimately it would be her sense of compassion that would ring true, as she continues to enjoy a high level of success to this very day.

Silver Sparrow

Initially released in 2011, this first came out through the ‘Algonquin Books’ publishing label. Using many themes familiar to Jones, it would also be a stand-alone title. Set in Atlanta too, it is definitely a must for any fans of the author.

Looking into the lives of those that are seemingly ordinary from the outside, Jones gets to the heart of what really makes them tick as living breathing people. Working as character studies essentially, Jones has an extremely sympathetic insight into the nature and personality of very real human beings. Heading to Atlanta once again as well, she finds herself on familiar ground, something which works to her benefit ultimately as she tells the stories that she wants to tell.

Set during the 1980s, this heads into a middle-class Atlanta neighborhood, as it examines two families revolving around the character of James Witherspoon. A bigamist by nature, he has two daughters; one from each family, as they both finally meet up, with only one of them initially knowing that they are sisters. As the truth begins to come out, they begin to start discovering some home-truths about themselves that may be a little close for comfort. What will they discover? Can they cope with the truth about their father? Who is the silver sparrow?

An America Marriage

Selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club in 2018, this would show Jones at the peak of her powers. Coming out in 2018 through Algonquin Books once again, it would show a clear sense of development in her career. Using Atlanta once more too as its backdrop, it show Tayaria Jones at her most eloquent and will stand the test of time for years to come.

This would really showcase Jones’s true gift for storytelling, as it would come to be heralded as her really coming into her own as a writer, with many celebrating it throughout the industry. Looking at the values behind the ‘American Dream’ through that of its central characters, it really manages to set the tone for a period and moment in time. Using Atlanta again, it is no surprise that Jones uses her home city once more, as she allows the city to become a character in of itself, as it provides the ideal backdrop to the action.

Embodying the ‘American Dream’, a newlywed couple find everything they could ever hope for, as the executive Roy and artist Celestial find themselves in wedded bliss in the New South. This peace is soon disturbed though, after Roy is arrested and incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, something which they both know to be heinous. After five years the crime is overturned, as it is found to be false and, returning to Atlanta, Roy finds that the life and love he once knew may have changed forever. Does she still love him? How does the best man at their wedding Andre play a role? What will become of an American marriage?

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