An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

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

A NEW YORK TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK

A 2018 BEST OF THE YEAR SELECTION OF NPR  * TIME  * BUSTLE  * O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  * THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS  * AMAZON.COM

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION


“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.

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- American Marriage2 star

Not great shallow character development couldn’t wait to finish, but I did.

- Worth the buy, maybe not the read 🥴3 star

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 🤷🏽‍♀️

- Magnificent Read5 star

There’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.

- Loved it!5 star

This book was written so well. It’s an eloquent read, and very enjoyable.

- Terrible1 star

I mean,really???

- Thought provoking and intriguing5 star

Adored 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.

- 5 stars is not enough5 star

When 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.

- Stunning!5 star

Absolutely amazing novel!

- Amazing read5 star

This 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.

- A Non-Believable Tale1 star

I'd like to ask the writer if she ever heard of DNA testing.

- Range of emotions5 star

Ms. 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.

- A great read5 star

Ms. Tayari is an exquisite writer! Loved every minute of this book.

- Annoying sexism2 star

I 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.

- An American Marriage1 star

I 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.

- The ending3 star

I love the beginning but the ending is a little bit too rush...

- Lacked Depth3 star

I 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.

- American Marriage5 star

One 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!

- A great read5 star

An 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

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- Good read4 star

This book was a good read. I didn’t like the ending.

- Loved it!5 star

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!

- Speechless. And not in a good way.1 star

Atrocious. Can’t even say anything about how bad it is! Best book of 2018? More like worst book of 2018!

- An American marriage1 star

I 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.

- An American Marriage5 star

This 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.

- Recommend5 star

Very 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.

- Love story!!5 star

I enjoy reading this book it had so many ups and downs and turns and twists.

- Great book!5 star

Enjoyed !!

- One of the best5 star

This 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.

- A phenomenal read!5 star

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.

- Evocative and Riveting5 star

I 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.

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- Breathtaking5 star

Hard to put down. Exquisite prose, masterful storytelling.

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