Review: An American Marriage

  • Title: An American Marriage
  • Author: Tayari Jones
  • Kindle edition
  • # of Pages: 306
  • Released: February 6, 2018
  • Genre(s): Contemporary fiction
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*All opinions are my own.

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when 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.

I loved this book.  When I bought this book I was unsure about how I would feel about it, but I was quickly sucked in.  There are not enough good things that I can say about this novel. Tayari Jones has the ability to reach deep inside your soul and make you feel.  Her writing is powerful yet soft.  I am overjoyed that I have found another author I love.

Ms. Jones created a penetrating look into the hearts and minds of three normal people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.  Roy, Celestial and Andre are all given their own voice, and the insight this brings is haunting.

Everyone should read this book.  Who else has read this book?  I would love to hear what everyone else thought, so please comment below.

Happy reading!!!



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