An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) - Tayari Jones

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,916 Ratings)

Description

A NEW YORK TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK

A 2018 BEST OF THE YEAR SELECTION OF NPR  * TIME  * BUSTLE  * O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  * THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS  * AMAZON.COM

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION


“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama

“Haunting . . . Beautifully written.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.” —USA Today
 
“A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —People
 
“Compelling.” —The Washington Post
 
“Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.” —Elle


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.
 
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.

Reviews

  • Worth the buy, maybe not the read 🥴

    3
    By kay y 7
    Everyone loves this book so I would encourage you to try it for yourself (it’s only $8 on Amazon) I personally feel the synopsis gave away way too much & the characters were under developed. I didn’t care about them or their outcomes which made for a boring read 🤷🏽‍♀️
  • Magnificent Read

    5
    By Rukiya777
    There’s nothing like the sweetness of a great book; it’s almost like having a secret romance. This is one. Such book. You become so engrossed in the characters it’s as though you know them. Magnificent read indeed.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By shewhomreads
    This book was written so well. It’s an eloquent read, and very enjoyable.
  • Terrible

    1
    By sergino81
    I mean,really???
  • Thought provoking and intriguing

    5
    By schmidthk
    Adored this book, loved discussing this novel with other people who have read it. The book addresses several deep and controversial issues with some much grace and depth. While it is a fiction book it made me think and explore topics. Highly recommended read.
  • 5 stars is not enough

    5
    By tinkymo25
    When I started reading this book, I was immediately drawn to all the characters. Roy and Celestial had me under their spell. I understood their stories. Ms. Tayari has done an impeccable job in bringing this story to light. American Marriage is a must read for everyone. I wish there were more stars to give (1,000) if I could.
  • Stunning!

    5
    By Jordanmarie23
    Absolutely amazing novel!
  • Amazing read

    5
    By barrosco
    This book was an amazing read and quick read. If you are looking for a book that will draw your attention and keep you interested this is it.
  • A Non-Believable Tale

    1
    By JHenig
    I'd like to ask the writer if she ever heard of DNA testing.
  • Range of emotions

    5
    By Verne42
    Ms. Jones made you laugh, contemplate, catch an attitude, and just feel. Relationships are complicated. We all know a Celestial, Roy, and Andre whose past, present and future are experiencing simultaneously. Great read.

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