An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Large Print - 2018
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When her new husband is arrested and imprisoned for a crime she knows he did not commit, a rising artist takes comfort in a longtime friendship, only to encounter unexpected challenges in resuming her life when her husband's sentence is suddenly overturned.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781432845360
1432845365
Branch Call Number: L FICTION JONES 2018
Characteristics: pages cm

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The author of Silver Sparrow returns with a striking novel about the criminalization of young African American men in the South.


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Quietday
Sep 19, 2018

3.75 stars. The writing style is beautiful and soulful. The story is interesting and unjust but for me, not riveting. It is a sad commentary with difficult character dynamics. It was worth reading but not life altering. I know there is a lot of buzz and perhaps that is because the wording was a skillfully woven tapestry; Jones is an incredibly talented writer. But some of the hype may simply be because Oprah recommended it.

ArapahoeJessica Sep 04, 2018

What brings us together... and what tears us apart?

Complex, character-driven, and deeply personal. This story focuses less on the injustice of wrongful imprisonment and racism, instead examining the fallout. I can't say that I actually liked any of the characters, but they sure made me think!

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StoriedLife
Aug 29, 2018

Jones explores a case of an African-American man’s unjust conviction for a crime he did not acquit, his subsequent five-year incarceration, and the consequences for his marriage. Unfortunately, she then focuses on some of the least interesting aspects of the situation, and produces a rather ordinary chick-lit style account of a love triangle.
In the process, Jones creates three central characters who take turns narrating, but she isn’t up to the task. In her account, the woman at the center is full of herself and scarcely likable while the two college-educated males agree with the “wisdom” of one’s father that this situation cannot be resolved without engaging in violence. Credit Jones for exploring socioeconomic and racial issues, but in grappling with them she comes up short.

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BeckyR21
Aug 28, 2018

This was a quick read. If you like character driven novels, this is one for you. I was a little leery because it was an Oprah book club selection, and I haven't always agreed with her, but this one was compelling. A few loose ends, but overall, well done.

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MHanover10
Aug 19, 2018

This is a beautifully written story about Celestial and Roy who after being married for a year find themselves separated when Roy is falsely sentenced for a crime he did not commit. This tells the story of how they met and married and also how they deal while Roy is in jail and how they cope once he is out. It's a sad story to read.

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LibraryLES
Aug 14, 2018

Despite all the hype, I didn't love it.

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toddhansen1
Aug 06, 2018

Nice read. Give it a whirl

K_ROK Jul 30, 2018

Great book that is very character driven. The themes in this book are extremely relevant and I feel they were presented in a very real way. Give it a try!

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22950004902029
Jul 29, 2018

I was emotionally touched by the courage and inner goodness of many of the characters, despite their lives being torn apart by systemic racism and injustice. We often hear of over- representation of indigenous and African- Americans in our prison systems. This story brings the impact to life. Highly recommended!

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DavidSpencer99
Jul 17, 2018

I can see why Oprah would make An American Marriage a 2018 selection for her book club. It’s a mildly entertaining story in easily digested prose, an under-represented viewpoint on two generations of two Afro-American families coping with major institutions within the boundaries imposed externally by society and internally by their own psyches. You could put this one in your summer reading bag and enjoy it whatever your cultural heritage. But I’m not sure what a reader is supposed to make of this fiasco. Is it a caution against selling out? Is it a parable on the perils of overweening pride? Should we see in it the disastrous result of imperfect self-knowledge? Ultimately, I didn’t care about the characters much. Big Roy held my interest most, but even he was more of a caricature of the solid, salt-of-the-earth father figure.

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