An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 515 Ratings

Description

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

“One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama

“Haunting . . . Beautifully written.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.” —USA Today
 
“A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —People
 
“Compelling.” —The Washington Post
 
“Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.” —Elle


Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
 
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forwardwith hope and paininto the future.

Reviews

  • Speechless. And not in a good way.

    1
    By cd crd drdd
    Atrocious. Can’t even say anything about how bad it is! Best book of 2018? More like worst book of 2018!
  • An American marriage

    1
    By NolaWin65
    I didn’t like this book at all. I listened to it first and didn’t like it but since it had such good reviews I decided to read it to see if I would like it better. I could only read up to the imprisonment before I had to stop. I didn’t like Roy, Andre, or Celestial. I have no idea why this book is so well liked because it didn’t show lots of depth to me and it was predictable. I don’t think Celestial ever loved Roy. She loved what he did for her...he was her muse and helped her with her business. Once he was away, there was nothing there. I don’t think she is capable of true love considering her parents, her affair in college, her marriage, and her affair. The author should’ve sent her to therapy to work out her issues. I don’t think Roy ever really loved Celestial. I think she represented everything he wanted to be and he was drawn to the idea. Andre...ugh...why wait until her husband is imprisoned and then make a move on a married woman when he had his whole life to step up.
  • One of the best

    5
    By Pitsteelgirl
    This book is one of the best books I have ever read and I read a lot. Beautifully written, raw emotion, great characters. Totally real. I loved everything about it. A new favorite author, for sure.
  • Amazing

    5
    By KayKamAm
    I finished the book in two days between tears and laughs. I felt like i was in the book.
  • Holding My Breath

    4
    By Bound by Books
    For most of the reading, I inhaled and seemed not to breath. Mostly, I was entwined in the character’s heartbreak and circumstances of life. The overriding tragedy of not being safe within the boundaries of the US because of the color of your skin, juxtaposed with lives of people I immediately felt attached to because the words lyrically pulled me through their stories. I did not put this book down, and was sorry to see it end. I wanted more for many reasons.
  • Simply Captivating

    5
    By Paris Tams
    This was an amazing read from start to finish. The story seemed to be snatched from the headlines and it gave us a window to peer into the intertwined lives of the characters. Finished this book in 3 days during vacation. Excellent read...
  • Loved it!

    5
    By BPF72
    I really enjoyed this book. Character development was awesome and I loved the ending. Definitely recommend.
  • Heartbreaking story

    5
    By MiamiCarole
    I think I might never forget this story. It taps upon every human emotion known to man and woman. I thought it was perhaps 30 pages too long but I can forgive that because the writing was magnificent. Thank you, Dear Author, for the experience. Keep writing please.
  • So good!

    5
    By eiloveme
    Such an unexpected pleasure to read. Simply couldn’t stop reading and finished it in one day. Beautifully written!
  • Amazing book!!!

    5
    By Danni_Girl29
    There were so many ups and downs and raw emotions. I Loved everything about the book!!!