An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)Tayari Jones

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

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“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.

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) (Tayari Jones) Book Reviews

Thought provoking and intriguingAdored this book, loved discussing this novel with other people who have read it. The book addresses several deep and controversial issues with some much grace and depth. While it is a fiction book it made me think and explore topics. Highly recommended read..Score: 5/5

Holding My BreathFor most of the reading, I inhaled and seemed not to breath. Mostly, I was entwined in the character’s heartbreak and circumstances of life. The overriding tragedy of not being safe within the boundaries of the US because of the color of your skin, juxtaposed with lives of people I immediately felt attached to because the words lyrically pulled me through their stories. I did not put this book down, and was sorry to see it end. I wanted more for many reasons..Score: 4/5

Candidate for The Great American NovelBrilliant, beautifully written, captivating, and powerful. This is one of those books that will sneak into your thoughts long after you put it down, a must-read that is deep without feeling stodgy or ominous..Score: 5/5

Evocative and RivetingI chose to download this book while on an island vacation for a little “ light” reading. Jones did the miracle which all writers aspire to; she pulled me in and made me feel. I almost stopped reading as the emotional intensity was at a steady but I couldn’t put it down. Very informative and educational into the fear and injustice faced by Afro-American people within an unfortunately prevalent racist society..Score: 5/5

Worth the buy, maybe not the read 🥴Everyone loves this book so I would encourage you to try it for yourself (it’s only $8 on Amazon) I personally feel the synopsis gave away way too much & the characters were under developed. I didn’t care about them or their outcomes which made for a boring read 🤷🏽‍♀️.Score: 3/5

An American marriageI didn’t like this book at all. I listened to it first and didn’t like it but since it had such good reviews I decided to read it to see if I would like it better. I could only read up to the imprisonment before I had to stop. I didn’t like Roy, Andre, or Celestial. I have no idea why this book is so well liked because it didn’t show lots of depth to me and it was predictable. I don’t think Celestial ever loved Roy. She loved what he did for her...he was her muse and helped her with her business. Once he was away, there was nothing there. I don’t think she is capable of true love considering her parents, her affair in college, her marriage, and her affair. The author should’ve sent her to therapy to work out her issues. I don’t think Roy ever really loved Celestial. I think she represented everything he wanted to be and he was drawn to the idea. Andre...ugh...why wait until her husband is imprisoned and then make a move on a married woman when he had his whole life to step up..Score: 1/5

Page turnerAn American Marriage is a page turner. I finished the book in less than 24 hours. Reading it, I felt like I was watching that story unfold in my imagination. So well written. The story captures your soul and makes you want to a happy or peaceful ending for all the characters in the book..Score: 5/5

An American MarriageI am a wife of a former inmate. I think the author gave a good depiction of the struggles a former inmate feels when returning to society. However, the characters seems a bid distance and the story lost momentum fairly quickly for me..Score: 1/5

Great!!Great read!.Score: 5/5

TerribleI mean,really???.Score: 1/5

RecommendVery interesting book. The story hit close to home and the lessons even closer. Very entertaining book. I couldn’t put it down and was annoyed every time I had to. Read it and find out for yourself..Score: 5/5

Loved it!This book was written so well. It’s an eloquent read, and very enjoyable..Score: 5/5

EThe new version.Score: 5/5

Simply CaptivatingThis was an amazing read from start to finish. The story seemed to be snatched from the headlines and it gave us a window to peer into the intertwined lives of the characters. Finished this book in 3 days during vacation. Excellent read....Score: 5/5

Love story!!I enjoy reading this book it had so many ups and downs and turns and twists..Score: 5/5

Annoying sexismI found both male characters quite sexist. This issue became exponential in the audiobook, where the actor narrating Roy’s and Andre’s thoughts uses falsetto to imitate the voice of Celestial or Olive. This might have been intentional from his part to best represent the characters and how they emerge to be so conventional in the book. They give the impression to feel superior to and mocking the female characters. Maybe all of this is purposeful, but I would not have expected it from a book published in 2018 and describing a contemporary love story. I felt that the relationship dynamics were too sexist and traditional..Score: 2/5

Speechless. And not in a good way.Atrocious. Can’t even say anything about how bad it is! Best book of 2018? More like worst book of 2018!.Score: 1/5

HeartbreakingTayari Jones is a remarkable story teller. I have read each of her published works and she has a way of grabbing your attention and drawing you into the story. An American Marriage does just that and so much more. You won’t be disappointed by this seminal work..Score: 5/5

Marriage can’t be definedThis book was amazing! The way in which Ms. Jones captures the characters voices in the letters while unraveling the story is impeccable. You find yourself rooting for and against each member of the triangle simultaneously. I completed the book in only a few days because I couldn’t put it down. Well done!.Score: 5/5

Lacked DepthI wouldn’t quite describe it as predictable, but the characters lacked something and their choices and the direction on the book seemed to lack complexity or depth. It’s usual for me to read a book and dislike nearly every character. I only finished this book because I don’t like to walk away from a book that I’m reading..Score: 3/5

Heartbreaking storyI think I might never forget this story. It taps upon every human emotion known to man and woman. I thought it was perhaps 30 pages too long but I can forgive that because the writing was magnificent. Thank you, Dear Author, for the experience. Keep writing please..Score: 5/5

Not impressedI should have read more reviews before buying. The whole reading letters to and from characters for the entire book was not what I wanted. Also factually even in federal prison the inmates get phone calls to their family. I know this because I actually have family locked up federal maximum security prison. So.... maybe research before acting like visitation and phone calls are banned from prison. Writing is not the only thing you can do..Score: 2/5

A Non-Believable TaleI'd like to ask the writer if she ever heard of DNA testing..Score: 1/5

Stunning!Absolutely amazing novel!.Score: 5/5

Range of emotionsMs. Jones made you laugh, contemplate, catch an attitude, and just feel. Relationships are complicated. We all know a Celestial, Roy, and Andre whose past, present and future are experiencing simultaneously. Great read..Score: 5/5

Loved it!I absolutely loved this book! I loved the the way the author wrote this book from the perspective of each character! And most of all, I loved loved loved how this story ended! Beautifully done! Kudos to the author!.Score: 5/5

Amazing readThis book was an amazing read and quick read. If you are looking for a book that will draw your attention and keep you interested this is it..Score: 5/5

A phenomenal readThis novel is so relatable especially to people who live in Atlanta and have the story of an African-American.Score: 5/5

So good!Such an unexpected pleasure to read. Simply couldn’t stop reading and finished it in one day. Beautifully written!.Score: 5/5

Amazing book!!!There were so many ups and downs and raw emotions. I Loved everything about the book!!!.Score: 5/5

A phenomenal read!This story felt so wonderfully familiar to me. Not because it was cliche or done a million times, but because the author really made the characters (Celestial, Roy, and Andre) so 3 dimensional that I could relate to them on nearly every level. Speaking of levels, there were so many to this book, as well as themes. Being a black man in America. Being an 'untraditional' black woman in America. Family ties. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I absolutely loved this book. The deepness of it all translated effortlessly from the pages..Score: 5/5

Good readThis book was a good read. I didn’t like the ending..Score: 4/5

Couldn't put it down!This novel was great! The alternating vantage points made the story clip along at a great pace. This coupled with the fact that the characters were flawed but likable, made me need to know what was going to happen to each person next! I finished it in one sitting. Awesome storytelling!.Score: 5/5

5 stars is not enoughWhen I started reading this book, I was immediately drawn to all the characters. Roy and Celestial had me under their spell. I understood their stories. Ms. Tayari has done an impeccable job in bringing this story to light. American Marriage is a must read for everyone. I wish there were more stars to give (1,000) if I could..Score: 5/5

A great readMs. Tayari is an exquisite writer! Loved every minute of this book..Score: 5/5

An American MarriageThis book held me captive for the 1 week it took to read it. Lyrical, intricate and insightful. I enjoyed every page, every character, every nuance..Score: 5/5

Absolutely breathtaking!Everyone must read this book! It is beautiful, honest, raw, heartbreaking. I could go on and on but please do not miss out, EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BRILLIANT BOOK, EVERYONE MUST READ THIS MASTERPIECE! Thank you Tayari♥️♥️♥️.Score: 5/5

One of the bestThis book is one of the best books I have ever read and I read a lot. Beautifully written, raw emotion, great characters. Totally real. I loved everything about it. A new favorite author, for sure..Score: 5/5

Magnificent ReadThere’s nothing like the sweetness of a great book; it’s almost like having a secret romance. This is one. Such book. You become so engrossed in the characters it’s as though you know them. Magnificent read indeed..Score: 5/5

AmazingI finished the book in two days between tears and laughs. I felt like i was in the book..Score: 5/5

An American MarriageBook was slow with the same passages repeated over and over by the different characters. A bit tedious..Score: 2/5

The endingI love the beginning but the ending is a little bit too rush....Score: 3/5

An American MarriageCouldn’t put it down. Best book I’ve read in decades!.Score: 5/5

Great book!Enjoyed !!.Score: 5/5

Great book!!I hesitated on this one bc not usually my genre, but th rioting and character development were amazing! You will cheer for these heroes and grow to love them!.Score: 5/5

American MarriageNot great shallow character development couldn’t wait to finish, but I did..Score: 2/5

American MarriageOne of the few novels that I have been able to read; that has allowed me to not to take a side. Beautifully describes the gray parts of a tragic happening of two people in love. Life changing!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!I really enjoyed this book. Character development was awesome and I loved the ending. Definitely recommend..Score: 5/5

Excellent readI went on the Oprah cruise, and met Tavari Jones. She was transparent.I identified with each character. All caught up in what love, and what love will do when you don’t control your passion, and selfish desires..Score: 4/5

A great readAn American Marriage is a book that will have you at the edge of your seat. The straight to the point approach will have you wanting to keep reading until it is complete. A great book.Score: 5/5

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