An American Marriage

An American Marriage

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"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"--
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616208776
1616208775
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jones Tayari 01/2018
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm

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Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

The Shawnee Book Group will be discussing this title at our February 8th meeting (the Second Saturday of February).

Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 pm

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.

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JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

Oprah's latest Book Club pick (2018). Highly recommend.


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ArapahoeKati Mar 04, 2020

Tayari Jones does an excellent job of writing complicated characters. You'll find lots to discuss and ponder while you read this.

ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

A twisty, turny, thoughtful book about marriage, love, race and how life rarely goes the way we plan. I burned through this in 2 days. I think this would be a great book club pick!

ArapahoeAshleyR Jan 29, 2020

Now this is a NOVEL! This complex, character-driven story is full of love and injustice. Highly recommend. The audio version is great.

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Jodi13
Jan 07, 2020

What a good read. Couldn't put it down. The characters, the situation were so compelling.

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2303tes
Jan 01, 2020

Thought it was a really good read. All about character. Each chapter is from one of the main character's perspective. Would read more by this author.

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tobyfear
Dec 28, 2019

Highly recommend

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empbee
Dec 20, 2019

Well written story about society and how its justice system changes lives.

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SherryLiao
Dec 17, 2019

The story line is not that complicated but the message is heavy. Love, marriage, and put the two together what do you really get in live? One was wronged by the constitution yet defends their marriage. One couldn't "un-constitutionize" their marriage yet gave up. And there is history, value, religion, fatherhood, race... Spent 10 hours straight reading this book and spent another 10 hours crying. This is a book made a impact on my perspective about love and marriage.

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gbexar
Dec 14, 2019

The characters were exasperating and shallow. Story line would make for a television reality program.

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kbpepperell
Dec 13, 2019

June 2020

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ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

I don’t believe that blood makes a family; kin is the circle you create, hands held tight.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

Marriage is between two people. There is no studio audience.

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

The vast generosity of women is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody knows where it leads.

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