An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones

  • Publication Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 108 Ratings)

Book Overview



“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 forward--with hope and pain--into the future.

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Recent Reviews

  • Excellent story

    By Tanpyt
    I was sucked in at page 1. Detailed and beautifully written
  • Intriguing

    By Tamiam61
    From the beginning, this story spirals the reader through the point of view of three different characters. I stayed up far too late reading this book because I truly cared how the stories would resolve. Very timely themes and believable characters make this a terrific choice for Oprah’s Book Club.
  • Excellent

    By Dale18wed
    Beautifully written and really cared about all the characters.
  • Breathtaking

    By ztup571
    Hard to put down. Exquisite prose, masterful storytelling.
  • Won’t Read It

    By ItsBelle
    Can’t stand Oprah. Can’t stand her picks. All the books she chooses are the same - about African Americans. Hence, will not spend my money on this one. Pick a GOOD book Oprah next time!