An American Marriage (Hardcover)
This searing fourth novel from Tayari Jones centers on Celestial and Roy, a newlywed couple whose future is all but guaranteed. They are educated professionals, own a successful business, and someday hope to start a family. But their fortunes change in a horrific instant: Roy is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, suddenly facing years away from home. In his absence Celestial also faces years of putting her life on hold. How the two respond to their new reality is a compellingly human story not just of tragedy, but also of resilience in the face of a deeply flawed society. A beautiful and frightening novel from a masterful storyteller. -Justin— From Spring Booknotes 2018
February 2018 Indie Next List
“Tayari Jones comes in fierce with An American Marriage. Delving into the lives of the newly married Roy and Celestial, this is a novel that pulls no punches from beginning to end. I won't ruin the surprise, but they're hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives, forever. Writing with an intensity and pace worthy of Donna Tartt, Jones yanks us into her characters' lives with a grip that never lets up. I cannot wait to put this in people's hands!”
— Angela Spring, Duende District, Washington, DC
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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"One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is 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.