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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Oprah’s Book Club

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 9.7 out of 10

“This novel redefines the traditional American love story,” Oprah said in a statement. “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.”

Tayari’s writing is well crafted, captivating and engaging, which is always hard to achieve when writing about a sensitive subject. According to reviews by several readers, she displays her amazing gift by portraying love, marriage, family, and community in America, while exploring the more sensitive and complex issues of  race, class, gender, abortion, the injustices of America’s judicial system, and the prison system.

It’s a story about a man named Roy and a lady by the name Celestial. The two meet through a mutual friend who unlike them, grew up in a wealthy neighborhood. They don’t fall in love until a year later when she is an art student in NYC and he is there on business.

After a year of marriage, they start talking about having children and moving to a new house. They are faced with ups and downs but their love for each other keeps them together.

It’s all sunshine and rainbow until Roy gets arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. He is tried and convicted for 12 years in Louisiana. His imprisonment devastates his parents and leaves his new marriage hanging in the balance.

Roy and Celestial are both flawed, and this is obvious from the beginning even before Roy goes to prison. But it makes them human and completely vulnerable. While in prison, they use letters to communicate. It’s interesting how Tayari wrote the letters, it made it seem like they were talking in person. This brought out the vulnerability in Roy and Celestial……

Woooh, this is an amazing book to read and I don’t want to spoil the ending for you 🙂 It will make you smile and cry for sure. Tayari’s writing is subtle, clever, and insightful with her ability to understand human emotions.

This little morsel gives you a glimpse of how awesome this book is.

Winfrey broke the news that the author’s novel, An American Marriage, would be the next selection for the esteemed Oprah’s Book Club. Tayari Jones was ecstatic when she got a call from Oprah about her book, I mean, who wouldn’t!

This will surely be the book of the year! You can find this book on Amazon by clicking the link below:

An American Marriage

If you have already read this book, kindly leave a comment below and tell us what you thought.

PS: Please try not to share the ending 🙂

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6 thoughts on “An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Oprah’s Book Club”

  1. Hi Esther! This book looks intriguing to say the least. I can’t imagine my husband being sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Sounds like a heart wrencher haha. But seriously, I’ll ad this book to my list of ones to read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Viviana, I would tell you the ending but I don’t want to spoil it for you 🙂 I guess you will just have to get the book 🙂 Thanks

  2. Thank you for this article and info on what seems like a really great book. You know if Oprah recommends it, it must be good! I’m always looking for something new to read so this will be my next book to pick up. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Tammy! I’m glad you liked it, you won’t regret reading it. It will make you see specific societal issues so differently. Once you read, feel free to come back and tell us what you thought about it.

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