Book Review: An American Marriage

Book Review: An American MarriageAn American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
on February 6th 2018
Pages: 320
Published by Algonquin Books
Genres: Literary Fiction, Multicultural

Named an Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

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.

My Takeaway

“Human emotion is beyond comprehension, smooth and uninterrupted, like an orb made of blown glass.”
Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

An American Marriage is worthy and amazing! Jones is a poetic, phenomenal, and captivating writer (the hype is real mi gente). Caution: the novel will weave itself around your soul — so be prepared. The novel is not only about marriage, it also deals with race, injustice, mass incarceration, parenting, and loyalty. Roy, Celestial, Andre are complicated, flawed, and intense individuals. When Roy goes to prison it shatters and alternates not only his life but those closest to him. As a reader, I was able to get a clear picture of Roy, Celestial, and Andre’s emotions and perspectives, which I (always) appreciate. We all know life is complicated, but imagine you are living the dream and in a matter of hours BOOM!! Your life completely changes — and not in a good way. Let that marinate for a few, then pick up a copy of this beauty and I guarantee you will find yourself wanting to share your feelings and thoughts with others. This is why this book is a fantastic choice for book clubs (just ask Oprah).

What an honor it was meeting this amazing writer! She is super funny, unpretentious, and soooo friendly (heck yeah I’m cheesin!).

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