An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Celestial and Roy are a year into marriage when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. After he's exonerated, they must try to save a relationship that may have been damaged beyond repair.

An American Marriage was much more popular than expected and we temporarily ran of out stock. If you select the book as your BOTM, your box will ship on February 26, 2018.

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Celestial and Roy are a year into marriage when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. After he's exonerated, they must try to save a relationship that may have been damaged beyond repair.
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Synopsis

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 ...

Member thoughts

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  • "An interesting look into the strength of our closest relationships. How long would it take for an “unbreakable” bond to break? "

  • "I was in awe of the writing, the twists and turns of the plot (some of which were happy surprises and some of which were very sad), and I was so enthralled with each and every character. Readers should know that this book is more than a love story; it is an examination of how life's sudden turns can define or redefine us."

  • "Can Celestial stay married to a man behind bars? Is he the same man she married? Is it fair to ask her to wait for him? Is a marriage based on love or circumstance? Find the answer."

  • "I can see why this has the potential to be slow, so try to read it without knowing anything about the plot. It is beautifully written, unique, and touching. "

  • "Tayari Jones weaves the most intricate - heartbreaking, yet hopeful - love story. Her voice is strong and I loved every page of this beautiful book!"

  • "Sure, this is a book about love. It's about love that bends and breaks, or that can burn too hot or too low. It's about family, it's about choice, it's about life. Raw, powerful, and heartbreaking."

  • "Great book! Loved the writing! "

  • "Jones was brilliant in only using letters to explain what was occurring to Roy in jail. "

  • "Growing and changing in a relationship is hard as it is, but this novel explores that growth and change when it's no one's choice. Heartbreaking and gripping."

  • "Thought-provoking and complicated. "

  • "A beautiful novel that introduces us to complex, relatable characters. Life is messy and Tayari Jones eloquently highlights the human experience and the realities of being a black man in America. "