An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018
ISBN: 9781616201340
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: JONES, T


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Story of a newly married African-American couple whose personal and family relationships are tested with a wrongful conviction for a crime the husband didn't commit! This engrossing read is also an Oprah Book Club selection and recent plans for a future movie have been announced!

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 ... Read More »

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, a... Read More »

Genre: contemporary. Excerpt from Kirkus Reviews: "This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story. Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful." Releasing February 6th!

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Oct 07, 2018

A masterpiece of storytelling!

Sep 26, 2018

This book was fantastic, and definitely worth all of the reviews. I really enjoyed the characters, and how unpredictable the story was, there were so many twists and turns, none of which I saw coming even to the end.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Aug 14, 2018

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

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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