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
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,089 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

  • An American Marriage

    1
    By Lady of Literature
    I am a wife of a former inmate. I think the author gave a good depiction of the struggles a former inmate feels when returning to society. However, the characters seems a bid distance and the story lost momentum fairly quickly for me.
  • The ending

    3
    By meow_shanshan
    I love the beginning but the ending is a little bit too rush...
  • Lacked Depth

    3
    By Ms.Philadlphia
    I wouldn’t quite describe it as predictable, but the characters lacked something and their choices and the direction on the book seemed to lack complexity or depth. It’s usual for me to read a book and dislike nearly every character. I only finished this book because I don’t like to walk away from a book that I’m reading.
  • American Marriage

    5
    By Kim, finding other worlds.
    One of the few novels that I have been able to read; that has allowed me to not to take a side. Beautifully describes the gray parts of a tragic happening of two people in love. Life changing!
  • A great read

    5
    By Poderoso_Rey
    An American Marriage is a book that will have you at the edge of your seat. The straight to the point approach will have you wanting to keep reading until it is complete. A great book
  • E

    5
    By highwayoldman
    The new version
  • Good read

    4
    By toospicy4yall
    This book was a good read. I didn’t like the ending.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Just Gigi123
    I absolutely loved this book! I loved the the way the author wrote this book from the perspective of each character! And most of all, I loved loved loved how this story ended! Beautifully done! Kudos to the author!
  • Speechless. And not in a good way.

    1
    By cd crd drdd
    Atrocious. Can’t even say anything about how bad it is! Best book of 2018? More like worst book of 2018!
  • An American marriage

    1
    By NolaWin65
    I didn’t like this book at all. I listened to it first and didn’t like it but since it had such good reviews I decided to read it to see if I would like it better. I could only read up to the imprisonment before I had to stop. I didn’t like Roy, Andre, or Celestial. I have no idea why this book is so well liked because it didn’t show lots of depth to me and it was predictable. I don’t think Celestial ever loved Roy. She loved what he did for her...he was her muse and helped her with her business. Once he was away, there was nothing there. I don’t think she is capable of true love considering her parents, her affair in college, her marriage, and her affair. The author should’ve sent her to therapy to work out her issues. I don’t think Roy ever really loved Celestial. I think she represented everything he wanted to be and he was drawn to the idea. Andre...ugh...why wait until her husband is imprisoned and then make a move on a married woman when he had his whole life to step up.