An American Marriage



“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.

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones Summary

Tayari Jones (born November 30, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American author and winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She was educated at Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University. ..

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Heartbreaking5 star

Tayari Jones is a remarkable story teller. I have read each of her published works and she has a way of grabbing your attention and drawing you into the story. An American Marriage does just that and so much more. You won’t be disappointed by this seminal work. 55


Heartbreaking story5 star

I think I might never forget this story. It taps upon every human emotion known to man and woman. I thought it was perhaps 30 pages too long but I can forgive that because the writing was magnificent. Thank you, Dear Author, for the experience. Keep writing please. 55


Excellent read4 star

I went on the Oprah cruise, and met Tavari Jones. She was transparent.I identified with each character. All caught up in what love, and what love will do when you don’t control your passion, and selfish desires. 45


An American Marriage2 star

Book was slow with the same passages repeated over and over by the different characters. A bit tedious. 25


So good!5 star

Such an unexpected pleasure to read. Simply couldn’t stop reading and finished it in one day. Beautifully written! 55


Amazing book!!!5 star

There were so many ups and downs and raw emotions. I Loved everything about the book!!! 55


An American Marriage5 star

Couldn’t put it down. Best book I’ve read in decades! 55

Liz Gode

Absolutely breathtaking!5 star

Everyone must read this book! It is beautiful, honest, raw, heartbreaking. I could go on and on but please do not miss out, EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BRILLIANT BOOK, EVERYONE MUST READ THIS MASTERPIECE! Thank you Tayari♥️♥️♥️ 55

LaLa Santiago

Couldn't put it down!5 star

This novel was great! The alternating vantage points made the story clip along at a great pace. This coupled with the fact that the characters were flawed but likable, made me need to know what was going to happen to each person next! I finished it in one sitting. Awesome storytelling! 55


Heartbreaking and Beautiful5 star

Tayari Jones outdid herself in this beautifully written and sad tale of what happens to a couple after tragedy strikes. She was able to show the complexity of marriage and what the institution really means in the face of unexpected adversity. Love is easy when things are going well, and so very hard when life unfairly hits a couple and turns their world upside down. This story covers the relationships of class structures, infidelity, and adoptive versus biological parents and how we connect, or don’t connect, based on those relationships. This was an excellent novel. 55

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