An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Bereft and unmoored, Celestial takes comfort in her childhood friend Andre – but when Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.
An American Marriage is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019
‘Haunting…beautifully written.’ The New York Times Book Review
‘Another incredible love story, though fraught with greater challenges for the couple at the centre, which makes the story all the more moving. Jones’s prose is chock-full of lyricism, grace and wisdom. You will never forget the story of Celestial and Roy.’ Attica Locke, The Observer