An American Marriage

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones


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“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616208684
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 820
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver SparrowThe Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University. Visit her website at

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An American Marriage: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down until I finished it. The words are so descriptive that you can visualize everything while reading. Love the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The depth of each character, made this read very life like. I found myself routing for the characters at each change in circumstance. Excellent story teller. Thank you, Ms. Jones for this gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down......wonderful
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read that can not be put down until the last page . Fabulous writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. The ending was perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read! Thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. I felt a lot of things while reading this book - anger, at a too realistic & flawed system, shame because I'm a white woman who will never have to worry about being judged by the color of my skin, and heartbreak... I felt heartbreak because the events in this book happen every single day in America. I loved this book for all that it made me feel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the complex story which we call life. It explores all the grey areas of a marriage affected by the outside world and the meaning of friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words escape me. This is a beautiful work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character studies
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I think I am in the minority here when I say I didn’t really enjoy this book that much. To be honest here, after reading half of the novel, I had to look up the title to make sure this was the novel that everyone was raving about. It’s about injustice, marriage and compromise. I wasn’t rooting for anyone in this novel, not because I didn’t like them, it was because I believed everything was too new for the characters and I didn’t think they knew themselves who they were. Take Celestial for example. She was a new bride, a woman who was trying to create her own line of dolls and also trying to market them. All of this in one year. Her new husband Roy, was also trying on his new role of being a husband. I thought Roy enjoyed being a top dog amongst both males and females. What was beneath that role, I don’t think he truly knew but he liked to be on top. Their friend Dre carried a lot of history that couldn’t be swept under the rug. He didn’t want to go away, he saw a void and filled it. I wondered if he became too comfortable or too reliable to Celestial when Roy was out of the picture? Was it fear of the unknown that brought them closer together? I was glad when Roy was finally released. I was happy that Celestial family stood by his side throughout the whole ordeal. I was hoping for a totally different ending to this novel. One that put everyone on neutral ground. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put it done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This telling about what can/does happen when families are torn apart by the criminal justice system is true and raw!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be made into a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining book. Wished that it ended differently. I wished Roy and Georgia could have work it out and had a baby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will not be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen by my book club. I didn’t want to read it because I knew from the jacket it would leave me wounded from an unjust incarceration and unrequited love. What I didn’t know was that the author’s gift for prose would take me back to my English Literature classes where the written word was more than letters on a page but had symbolism and hidden meaning. I found myself wanting to underline passages and truly discuss the carefully chosen words. Congratulations to the author on a truly incredible read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written novel about relationships, love, heartache and hope
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upset that I have to give this one star. Should be no stars. This was, by far, the worst book I've ever read in my life. The characters were shallow, narrow-minded, and unbelievable. All were unlikable. The most moving parts focused on soft-porn sex, but without any interest. The heroine, who purportedly was an intelligent free thinker, conveyed zero decision-making capability, and even less excitement. None of the characters elicited any sympathy. At the end, I didn't care who ended up with whom, I was just happy it was over. Please don't spend money on this poor excuse for a book, there is SO MUCH BETTER FICTION to be had out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down. It wasn’t what I expected at all and it made me go through a whole range of emotions. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago