Book of the Month: An American Marriage: A Novel
An American Marriage is a beautifully written story of a young couple. As they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.
Roy and Celestial are an African American couple who have been able to live their lives without being subjected to realities of racism and perhaps an unjust criminal justice system, until Roy is wrongfully charged and sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. During Roy’s time in prison, he is forced to deal with the harsh realities of his mother’s death and the estranged relationship with his wife. All while Celestial achieves great success in her career and develops a romantic relationship with the best man at their wedding.
This book prompts the reader to engage in the same emotions that the characters are feeling. You’ll end up taking sides that may challenge your own beliefs as the author, Tayari Jones, outlines uncomfortable truths and distinct points of view.
Written by A.G.