An American Marriage Book Review

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An American Marriage Book Review and discussion. This is a New York Times Best Seller by Tayari Jones and featured on Oprahs Book Club 2018



“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

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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queen2539 says:

This is the first I’m hearing of this book. Thanks for puting me in the know

Shana's Sweet Reads says:

I read this book a while back and just hearing you talk about it brings back old wounds lol I was so torn, I too felt like I had to strip away my judgement. For me, it was a case of, “if you were in this situation”, kind of thing. It was the first time I finished a book conflicted and confused as to what I felt or what I should say about it. In the end, I accepted it for what it was and thanked God I didn’t ever have to experience such a thing. I too felt like Roy didn’t really have a conclusion. I believe he wanted a child but in the end he didn’t get it, while Celestial did. It seemed as if his character had to settle while Celestial went on living her life. I felt so bad for him.

Reflectionofdes says:

Great review! I haven’t read the book yet. I will be buying it though. It’s cool how the author got inspired by the couple conversation.

Michelle M says:

Great review. I read this several months ago so I’m trying to remember my feelings. I do recall feeling that Celestial was justified in how she felt over time, how her feelings waned; but I did not like how she handled it. Since their marriage did not have the best foundation and at a certain point he had been incarcerated longer than they had been together, I understood how her feelings would change towards him. My issue with Celestial was in how she handled that. Instead of communicating that, she withdrew from him and seemed to use her career as an escape from facing him. My feelings were all over the place while reading this. There were just so many dynamics going on. Dre – ugh, I understood that he truly loved her but something about it just did not sit right with me. And then finally, I was doing a buddy read with one of my friends and I recall texting her, “So we’re just going to act like it was ok for Roy to go straight to Davina (name?) when he got out of jail instead of letting Celestial know he had gotten out early?” I was ok with how the story ended though. I think Celestial would have stayed with him but it would have been out of guilt. I believe in marriage, but I also believe that one was doomed. I also thought it was unrealistic that he would end up in prison with his dad, but my friend convinced me that in a small town it wasn’t a completely ridiculous storyline. It was an excellent read, but 3.5 is a solid rating for this one.

Kay T says:

I didn’t really have a lot of affection for any of the characters, except Big Roy. You’re right that they should have never married. Great review.

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