An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

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 ...

Details An American Marriage

TitleAn American Marriage
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, African American, Literary Fiction

Reviews An American Marriage

  • Marjorie
    Roy and Celestial have been married for about a year and are thinking of finding a bigger house and starting a family. Roy has a good job and Celestial is doing well creating her artistic dolls. Their love for each other is strong. All of that falls to pieces when Roy is convicted of a crime he’s innocent of. Separated by this unjust verdict, Celestial is finding it hard to hold on to a marriage that hadn’t yet had time to “take”. She com...
  • Sue
    This was an outstanding novel. It's the first book that I've read by this author but it won't be the last - in fact I just ordered one of her earlier books. This is a book that will make you smile and make you cry because you will be so invested into the lives of the two main characters. Celestial and Roy are so well written - flaws and all - that you feel like you know them.Celestial and Roy have been married just over a year. They are both succ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    If you can, read this without knowing anything about it. It won't be destroyed if you know the hook, but the first section will lose a bit of its grip and its grip is fantastic.This is a book about marriage and the very specific kind of loyalty it asks us to give. Is that loyalty a fair thing to ask? Is it right? What circumstances excuse breaking this bond? Celestial and Roy face their own unique set of struggles and privileges when they marry. ...
  • Cynthia
    The good news is, I loved this book! The bad news, it won't be published until early 2018. But it is terrific!
  • Yalonda
    I read it in about 24 hours. By the end of the Epilogue, I was wiping tears. Being an almost-divorced woman, I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading An American Marriage, but I'm so glad I did. It swept me up in the first few pages and still hasn't let me go. Like I told Tayari: this is one hell of a book. I would sit Jones's An American Marriage and Victor LaValle's The Changeling side by side; they resonate well together. An American Marriage comes ...
  • Tracey
    There was so much to love in this book. Tayari Jones is an amazing writer.
  • Janet
    *Just read this. Do not read the jacket copy. Do not read a synopsis. Just trust me.*
  • Evelyn
    I created a vlog reviewing this book.
  • Joshunda Sanders
    It's hard to say exactly what I love most about Tayari's work and she's one of those writers that I have been reading now for a period of time that is hard for me to capture. This is weird because I keep really good track of time being the Capricorn that I am, ruled by Saturn, and completely obsessed with the timing of things. Reading An American Marriage, though, ultimately revealed to me the essence of what makes Tayari's work special and what ...
  • Meghan
    Outstanding novel, I was completely swept up in the story and characters. Perfect use of multiple perspective.