An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Book - 2018
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"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"--
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781616208776
1616208775
Branch Call Number: FIC JONE
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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Recommended by Vija: Winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and recommended by President Obama and Oprah!

Recommended by Vija: Winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and recommended by President Obama and Oprah!

A 2018 Oprah's Book Club Selection, "An American Marriage," has also been listed by numerous publications as a Best of 2018 read.


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therebeccaharris
Jul 03, 2020

https://electricliterature.com/46-books-by-women-of-color-to-read-in-2018/

AndreaG_KCMO Jun 30, 2020

"Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds...O no! it is an ever-fixed mark/ That looks on tempests and is never shaken..." In my former life as a teacher, Sonnet 116 was my exemplar of figurative language and emotional intensity. The poem is beautiful to read aloud, its aspirations daunting, even unattainable.

Tayari Jones's love story [and social commentary] is tragic because the characters pursue Shakespeare's lofty ideals but are relegated to reality. After Roy is wrongly imprisoned, Celestial's letters convey her ongoing love and loyalty to him. As years pass, she must quietly grapple with her fading feelings, the shame of accepting the relationship's end, and the complications caused by Roy's early release.

Each character's perspective is relatable, authentic, and causes the reader to question whether love can and should always be born out "even to the edge of doom."

kreedDCL Jun 20, 2020

Racial injustice and false imprisonment test the limits of what a relationship can endure.

JCLHeatherM Jun 10, 2020

Beautifully well written and packed with emotion, heartbreak, and injustice, Jones invites readers to examine the marriage of Roy and Celestial, two newlyweds barely into their second year of marriage when they are ripped apart by an unjust legal system that deems Roy a criminal. Facing a 12-year sentence, Roy and Celestial struggle to maintain their relationship and are facing an uncertain future when Roy is released back into society seven years early. Rather than portray a rosy ending, Jones promotes realism, examining the ties that bind us and the choices that we all make

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JANMAYS
May 15, 2020

Innocent black jailed for rape. Not for book club

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

What happens to a relationship when someone is wrongly incarcerated? This powerful novel delves into the aftermath of such a tragedy, providing an unforgettable narrative and complex characters.

ArapahoeKati Mar 04, 2020

Tayari Jones does an excellent job of writing complicated characters. You'll find lots to discuss and ponder while you read this.

ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

A twisty, turny, thoughtful book about marriage, love, race and how life rarely goes the way we plan. I burned through this in 2 days. I think this would be a great book club pick!

ArapahoeAshleyR Jan 29, 2020

Now this is a NOVEL! This complex, character-driven story is full of love and injustice. Highly recommend. The audio version is great.

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Jodi13
Jan 07, 2020

What a good read. Couldn't put it down. The characters, the situation were so compelling.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

I don’t believe that blood makes a family; kin is the circle you create, hands held tight.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

Marriage is between two people. There is no studio audience.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

The vast generosity of women is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody knows where it leads.

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