An American Marriage

An American Marriage

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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One of the most anticipated novels of 2018 according to Entertainment Weekly * Goodreads * Esquire * Elle * Cosmopolitan *BBC * Huffington Post * Bustle * Southern Living * Newsday * Bookish * Nylon * iBooks Store"Transcendent . . . Triumphant . . . Gorgeous."—Elle"A stunning epic love story . . . An exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable."—Edwidge DanticatNewlyweds 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.
Publisher: 2018
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781443456968

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Up and coming African-American newlyweds Celestial and Roy are ripped apart when Roy is convicted for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit and sentenced to twelve years in prison.


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JANMAYS
May 15, 2020

Innocent black jailed for rape. Not for book club

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

What happens to a relationship when someone is wrongly incarcerated? This powerful novel delves into the aftermath of such a tragedy, providing an unforgettable narrative and complex characters.

ArapahoeKati Mar 04, 2020

Tayari Jones does an excellent job of writing complicated characters. You'll find lots to discuss and ponder while you read this.

ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

A twisty, turny, thoughtful book about marriage, love, race and how life rarely goes the way we plan. I burned through this in 2 days. I think this would be a great book club pick!

ArapahoeAshleyR Jan 29, 2020

Now this is a NOVEL! This complex, character-driven story is full of love and injustice. Highly recommend. The audio version is great.

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Jodi13
Jan 07, 2020

What a good read. Couldn't put it down. The characters, the situation were so compelling.

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2303tes
Jan 01, 2020

Thought it was a really good read. All about character. Each chapter is from one of the main character's perspective. Would read more by this author.

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tobyfear
Dec 28, 2019

Highly recommend

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empbee
Dec 20, 2019

Well written story about society and how its justice system changes lives.

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SherryLiao
Dec 17, 2019

The story line is not that complicated but the message is heavy. Love, marriage, and put the two together what do you really get in live? One was wronged by the constitution yet defends their marriage. One couldn't "un-constitutionize" their marriage yet gave up. And there is history, value, religion, fatherhood, race... Spent 10 hours straight reading this book and spent another 10 hours crying. This is a book made a impact on my perspective about love and marriage.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

I don’t believe that blood makes a family; kin is the circle you create, hands held tight.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

Marriage is between two people. There is no studio audience.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

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

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