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An American Marriage: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019

An American Marriage: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019


An American Marriage: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019

ratings:
3/5 (1,158 ratings)
Length:
360 pages
6 hours
Released:
Mar 19, 2018
ISBN:
9781786075178
Format:
Book

Description

WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama

A Book of the Year according the i, Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Mail

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day 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.

Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.

A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
Released:
Mar 19, 2018
ISBN:
9781786075178
Format:
Book

About the author

Tayari Jones was born and raised in southwest Atlanta. A graduate of Spelman College, she is the author of three novels, including Silver Sparrow, an NEA Big Read selection. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Study, and the United States Artist Foundation. She is on the MFA faculty at Rutgers-Newark University.



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  • (4/5)
    This is the story of Celestial and Roy. They are young newlyweds when they take a trip to visit Roy’s parents. Roy is mistakenly arrested for the rape of a woman, and while he is in jail, his marriage to Celestial falls apart. This is a heartbreaking story. It leads you to ask, “what is love, what is a marriage?” Beautifully written.

    #AnAmerican Marriage #TayariJones
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written and morally complex, I enjoyed both reading this book and thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. I thought the dialogue captured Atlanta well, too.
  • (4/5)
    Woah. That was so heavy. I keep just repeating ‘woah’ in my head. I am a little bit teary-eyed now. Despite the hefty subject matter, I read this in two days. I’m just sitting here trying to find words to make a sentence that makes sense about how this book has me feeling. Woah will do.
  • (3/5)
    Ended up skimming the middle section because I didn't really care for the characters and didn't feel I was getting to know them very well. Also their voices were all pretty much the same. The best part was the letters between them.
  • (5/5)
    As this novel started, I couldn't really get into it. But, the more I read, the complexities of the relationships and the reality of marriage began to emerge. Overall, I really liked this book; very insightful and socially relevant on several levels. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Story of Celeste and Roy newlyweds. Roy gets arrested and railroaded for a crime he did not commit. Celeste stands by his side for as long as she can while they try to get him out of prison but it just becomes too long of a wait. It was tragic and I felt very sad for both of them.