An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 448 Ratings

Description

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

“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

  • 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

    5
    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.
  • Page turner

    5
    By Tayshouseofvinyl
    An American Marriage is a page turner. I finished the book in less than 24 hours. Reading it, I felt like I was watching that story unfold in my imagination. So well written. The story captures your soul and makes you want to a happy or peaceful ending for all the characters in the book.
  • 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...
  • Marriage can’t be defined

    5
    By Endurance1908
    This book was amazing! The way in which Ms. Jones captures the characters voices in the letters while unraveling the story is impeccable. You find yourself rooting for and against each member of the triangle simultaneously. I completed the book in only a few days because I couldn’t put it down. Well done!
  • Loved it!

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

    5
    By RAC1875
    Tayari Jones is a remarkable story teller. I have read each of her published works and she has a way of grabbing your attention and drawing you into the story. An American Marriage does just that and so much more. You won’t be disappointed by this seminal work.
  • 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.
  • Excellent read

    4
    By KyleTT
    I went on the Oprah cruise, and met Tavari Jones. She was transparent.I identified with each character. All caught up in what love, and what love will do when you don’t control your passion, and selfish desires.
  • An American Marriage

    2
    By Lulu8576
    Book was slow with the same passages repeated over and over by the different characters. A bit tedious.

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