An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

by Tayari Jones
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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) by Tayari Jones


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616208776
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Oprah's Book Club Series
Sales rank: 12
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayarijones.com/blog. She lives in Brooklyn .An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
 

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An American Marriage: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Could not put this book down......wonderful
Anonymous 9 days ago
Good read! Thought provoking.
Anonymous 10 days ago
The depth of each character, made this read very life like. I found myself routing for the characters at each change in circumstance. Excellent story teller. Thank you, Ms. Jones for this gift.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I could not put the book down until I finished it. The words are so descriptive that you can visualize everything while reading. Love the author!
Anonymous 2 days ago
This book is a must read that can not be put down until the last page . Fabulous writing
Anonymous 5 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. The ending was perfect.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was a good read.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Awesome
Anonymous 21 hours ago
An American Marriage? By this title, the book was not at all what I expected; however, it was a very good. It hit really close to home for me. I almost felt like I was telling the story. It was an excellent book!
bookchickdi 9 days ago
Five years ago, I went to my local Barnes & Noble to hear Judy Blume interview a young author, Tayari Jones, who spoke about her book Silver Sparrow. Her novel, about a man who married two women and had a daughter by each, was so brilliant and moving, I was mesmerized by it. Last June, I was thrilled to meet Ms. Jones again, at the Book Expo in NYC, and to get a copy of her upcoming book An American Marriage, which publishes Februrary 6th. Once again, Tayari Jones has written a stunning novel, and it has already garnered so much worthy praise, including being Oprah's Book Club's latest pick. (Hooray!) Roy is a black man who grew up in a small Louisiana town called Eloe. His mother worked at a meat-and-three restaurant, his daddy worked at a sporting goods store. They weren't poor, but "there was nothing extra." Roy made it to Morehouse College on a scholarship for first generation college students. While there, he met and fell in love with Celestial, a young woman who grew up in Atlanta, the daughter of a well-to-do family. Celestial and Roy were happy together- Roy had a good job as a salesman for a textbook company, Celestial was an artist, making cloth dolls and hoping one day to hit it big selling them. They were married for just over a year, when it happened. While visiting Roy's parents, they stayed at a hotel. The visit with Roy's parents didn't go well (his mother wants grandbabies, Celestial wants to wait), and Roy and Celestial have a big fight. When a woman is attacked that night at the hotel, she tells the police it was Roy who did it. In a moment, his entire life is turned upside down. He is charged, tried and convicted and goes to prison. Not only is Roy's life upended, so is Celestial's. The story is told from three points of view- Roy, Celestial and her childhood friend Andre's. We see how the bonds of Roy and Celestial's marriage are tested throughout their separation. Roy states "I believed that our marriage was a fine-spun tapestry, fragile but fixable. We tore it often and mended it again, always with a silken thread, lovely but sure to give way again." An American Marriage is a heartbreaking novel that deals with the big themes of the difficulties and joys of marriage, race, class, loyalty, and the price of mass incarceration (both to the individual and society as a whole), through the prism of Roy and Celestial's marriage. I didn't want An American Marriage to end. It is a book to savor, and I was sad when I finished it. You feel so deeply for these characters, caught up in a situation not of their making. Tayari Jones is an amazing storyteller, and she weaves her way into your heart and soul with her words. I give An American Marriage my highest recommendation- you must read this book!
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Anonymous 14 days ago
Nice book