An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Julie's Pick: This is the story of a marriage, but it’s also a story of incarceration in America, the bonds of family, the boundaries of love, and the winding paths of forgiveness. Roy and Celestial have been married a year when Roy is accused and incarcerated for a rape he did not commit. While Roy searches out meaning in this abrupt shift to his life’s trajectory, Celestial falls in love with her childhood best friend Andre. Told through alternating perspectives as well as through letters, this novel pulses with life’s difficulties, but also life’s hopes. By the end, you’ll wish you could call up all the characters and see how they’re doing and if they’d like to get together over some salmon croquettes.  (Side note: it’s both an Oprah and a Belletrist book club pick!)

About the book: 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.

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