An American Marriage

An American Marriage

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION The celebrated author of Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones, is back with a profoundly rendered story of love and its limits. In An American Marriage we meet Celestial, a thirtysomething African American woman from an upper-middle-class Atlanta family who is a year and a half into a marriage with a man named Roy. Roy views his much more modest, small-town Louisiana upbringing as a gift of humility, but he's also driven to make his mark in Atlanta's high-powered business world. On the sidelines as the novel begins is Andre, a man who was Celestial's best friend growing up, and who became a close friend to Roy during college. It was Andre who introduced the pair, and it is Andre to whom Celestial turns when Roy is sentenced to twelve years in a Louisiana prison for the rape of a white woman--a crime he did not commit. For years, Celestial sticks by Roy, visiting him, providing him with money, helping the lawyer pursue a reversal of the conviction, but over time her commitment wanes. Celestial questions their tumultuous marriage, begins to find her own way as an artist, and falls in love with Andre. When Roy is suddenly released from prison, his conviction overturned, Celestial, Roy, and Andre must each reexamine the bonds of love and friendship that have held them together, while at the same time searching for a way to move forward individually without sacrificing everything that had made their love possible. An American Marriage stuns with its emotional intensity, and grapples with the universal and relatable themes of what it means to be a husband, a wife, a father, a son, a daughter--as well as what it means to be black in America today.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781616207601
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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alaude Dec 12, 2018

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

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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Jan 07, 2020

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

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.

Dec 28, 2019

Highly recommend

Dec 20, 2019

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

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.

Dec 14, 2019

The characters were exasperating and shallow. Story line would make for a television reality program.

Dec 13, 2019

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Dec 11, 2019

Bill Gates top 5 of 2019

Nov 12, 2019

Recommended by Laurie

Nov 01, 2019

You find yourself making quick judgements about these characters but as the story unfolds you become more and more empathetic towards them. It’s difficult to “pick a side” if you will and that’s what I enjoyed most about this book. The protagonists are not all “good” or all “bad”. They make the best imperfect choices with what they have at the time just as we do in life. There was probably one somewhat under developed relationship in the story that I didn’t care much for but this was an excellent read overall.

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Dec 27, 2018

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


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