An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from An American Marriage
Much of life is timing and circumstance, I see that now.
But how you feel love and understand love are two different things.
There are too many loose ends in the world in need of knots.
Sometimes when you like where you end up, you don’t care how you got there.
One is the left shoe and the other is the right. They are the same but not interchangeable.
About Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. She is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Visit the author’s website →