An American Marriage by Tayari Jones has been on my TBR list for quite some time. The book has plenty of acclaim and earlier this year, Oprah chose it for her 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection.
This is what Oprah said about the book:
“The novel redefines the traditional American love story,” Oprah says. “You’ll come away with greater empathy and understanding but even if you don’t, it’s just a really great read. It’s the perfect book to read along with a friend or family member. You’re going to want to have someone else reading it because it’s so juicy.”
This sounds like a timely story with many layers.
Here’s the 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 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.
When selecting a book to read for the book club, one of the biggest component is if the book warrants a discussion. And with Oprah’s recommendation along with reading the synopsis, there will be plenty to talk about with this one.
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