THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
“One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama
“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.
Tayari Jones (born November 30, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage, which was a 2018 Oprah's Book Club Selection. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is currently a member of the English faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, and recently returned to her hometown after a decade in New York City...
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the the way the author wrote this book from the perspective of each character! And most of all, I loved loved loved how this story ended! Beautifully done! Kudos to the author! 55
Atrocious. Can’t even say anything about how bad it is! Best book of 2018? More like worst book of 2018! 15
I didn’t like this book at all. I listened to it first and didn’t like it but since it had such good reviews I decided to read it to see if I would like it better. I could only read up to the imprisonment before I had to stop. I didn’t like Roy, Andre, or Celestial. I have no idea why this book is so well liked because it didn’t show lots of depth to me and it was predictable. I don’t think Celestial ever loved Roy. She loved what he did for her...he was her muse and helped her with her business. Once he was away, there was nothing there. I don’t think she is capable of true love considering her parents, her affair in college, her marriage, and her affair. The author should’ve sent her to therapy to work out her issues. I don’t think Roy ever really loved Celestial. I think she represented everything he wanted to be and he was drawn to the idea. Andre...ugh...why wait until her husband is imprisoned and then make a move on a married woman when he had his whole life to step up. 15
This book held me captive for the 1 week it took to read it. Lyrical, intricate and insightful. I enjoyed every page, every character, every nuance. 55
Very interesting book. The story hit close to home and the lessons even closer. Very entertaining book. I couldn’t put it down and was annoyed every time I had to. Read it and find out for yourself. 55
I enjoy reading this book it had so many ups and downs and turns and twists. 55
Enjoyed !! 55
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. 55
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. 55
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. 55