An American Marriage

An American Marriage

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616208776
1616208775
Branch Call Number: FICTION JONES
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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lindab1111 Apr 13, 2018

Don't let the sticker "Oprah's Book Club" keep you away from this book. What a powerful story of marriage, race, fate, hope, freedom and so much more. Each character has a voice that is true and honest. Tragic circumstances tear apart relationships and bring together others. This is an honest look at the life of a young black couple and a system that still stings of racism and injustice.

OPL_MelanieS Apr 10, 2018

There is so much to examine in this book - marriage, family, parenthood, race, incarceration, and the choices people make for those we love. A compelling read ideal for those who prefer character development over plot and a great choice for book clubs.

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becker
Apr 09, 2018

Thought provoking and tragic. This book is not plot driven and will not appeal to those that prefer a strong plot, but otherwise it is well worth reading.

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laphampeak
Apr 06, 2018

The author delved deep into the psyche of a marriage slowly transformed by the incarceration of the innocent husband. The legal system was not addressed well and having the "best friend since babies" guy on the side was a little to set up. Otherwise, readers get a well written and intimate account of a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time - timely.

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This seem to me like a sort of Romeo and Juliet story. The author describes a young couple trying to maintain their marriage while one partner is incarcerated. I loved how, even while separated, they continue to try and nurture trust between each other, work to become deeply known to the other, and strive to unconditionally love each other. It had some beautiful insights into the continued plight of African American males and also about what creating family truly means.

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brangwinn
Mar 27, 2018

Oh, my gosh—I would have missed this book if Oprah hadn’t selected it for her book club. Told by different people in the story, a marriage is ripped apart by an unjust legal system. Put in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, Roy and his wife, Celestial, movingly tell the story of what happens to their marriage during his imprisonment. The story is often told in letters written back and forth between them. Celestial’s doll-making business continues to grow as does she as a woman. She falls in love with a boy she’s known for ever, and when Andre’s voice is added, the story and pain grow stronger. For me a white woman living among white people this was a chance to see what modern middle-class life is like for blacks in the South.

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abbi_g
Mar 27, 2018

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

After all the positive things that I've heard about An American Marriage, I finally got my hands on it thanks to the library; and it definitely lived up to its glowing reviews. Although I still don't know how I feel about the ending, I do know that I enjoyed the characters and reading about the dilemma that the they faced. There were definitely lots of moments where I found myself chuckling, nodding, and shaking my head while reading it, which is always a good sign when it comes to books. I'll be on the lookout for more novels written by Tayari Jones in the future

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sgartner2
Mar 25, 2018

This was one of those books you couldn't put down. It's told from the point of view of three characters. I loved the title. Every marriage is different. The author went deeply into one that was split apart by a tragedy. She clearly wrote about how black Americans feel in American society. These characters are not poor and uneducated, but undergo some of the same risks as those who are. The writing was very good, and I am intrigued to read some of her other books.

AL_KAYLA Mar 24, 2018

This book had me hanging onto every page not knowing what the characters were going to make of some seriously tough circumstances. As the reader I was pulled into wondering what I would choose in the same situation when there really was no right or wrong choice, and that ending....did not see coming!

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ryleesmom
Mar 13, 2018

I thought I would like it more than I did, could not get into it. Didn't like the writing style and felt that the plot was a bit too contrived.

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