An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

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Tayari Jones is a relatively new writer on the scene but got breakthrough success within her short career having 4 novels only to her credit so far. An American Marriage is her recent novel which was actually Oprah’s Bk Selection. It won the Women’s Prize in 2019 for fiction category. A couple of her other inspiring novels include Silver Sparrow and The Untelling which are both available in audio format as well now.

The narration of this award winning novel is done jointly by Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis. Both the narrators skillfully portrayed the prime characters in this novel. In the start, they read a few letters of the couple which became a great experience for the listeners.

A newlywed couple, Roy and Celestial are the personification of both the New South and American Dream. Roy is a fine young executive while Celestial is an artist who is right at the brink of a highly fascinating career. But, just as they both settle down with their routine life, they got torn apart from the circumstances which they could have never imagined. Roy gets arrested and was given a 12 years jail term for a crime that his wife knows he never committed.

Celestial was independent but alone, so she found her comfort in one of her childhood friend name Andre, while Roy was serving his jail term.

This stirring love story of a newly-wed couple is an insightful look into the minds and hearts of three people involved. They are separated by circumstances which were all beyond their control. A great story this one is which will ensure you have a great literary time.

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