An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 643 Ratings)

Book Details Summary

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.

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Feedback Reviews

  • Love story!!

    5
    By STY01
    I enjoy reading this book it had so many ups and downs and turns and twists.
  • Great book!

    5
    By Rocket mama
    Enjoyed !!
  • 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.
  • A phenomenal read!

    5
    By Kiarra Monique
    This story felt so wonderfully familiar to me. Not because it was cliche or done a million times, but because the author really made the characters (Celestial, Roy, and Andre) so 3 dimensional that I could relate to them on nearly every level. Speaking of levels, there were so many to this book, as well as themes. Being a black man in America. Being an 'untraditional' black woman in America. Family ties. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I absolutely loved this book. The deepness of it all translated effortlessly from the pages.
  • Evocative and Riveting

    5
    By Swift horse woman
    I chose to download this book while on an island vacation for a little “ light” reading. Jones did the miracle which all writers aspire to; she pulled me in and made me feel. I almost stopped reading as the emotional intensity was at a steady but I couldn’t put it down. Very informative and educational into the fear and injustice faced by Afro-American people within an unfortunately prevalent racist society.
  • 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.
  • 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!