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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Literary fiction

An American Marriage

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by Tayari Jones

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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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  • Social issues


This is a partially epistolary novel, and its plot points occur mainly within the characters' minds.


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. T...

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    February 2018