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An American Marriage
An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
"You can never unlove someone. Love makes a place in your body, throbbing right alongside your heart." In An American Marriage, the author of Silver Sparrow returns with a stunning novel about race, loyalty, and love that endures. 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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DyAnne
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Whoa. That one was rough. Lots of conflicting thoughts and feelings . . .

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myrtillius
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Just sumptuous! So rich in human emotions and filled with carefully crafted details of the 80s that you read it at one sitting. And gotta love the reality in this "love story": a strong woman has a life to live but two useless and vain men keep prowling around her.

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Kindle daily deal! This has been on my TBR forever, so I definitely snagged it!

Erinreadsthebooks I loved this book! 1w
laurenslibrary @Erinreadsthebooks Good to know! Ive heard so many good things 1w
MissAimz_55 I‘m going to grab it! A while back I listened to half the audiobook before it was due back and I was loving it but somehow I never finished it 1w
Crazeedi I've head this on my kindle and haven't read yet! Need to read!! 1w
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myrtillius
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"Five thousand dollars for a baby doll?" Olive fanned herself with the magazine, lifting her peach-preserve hair. "I guess that's why God invented white folks."

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Wow, that was a giant gut punch. I feel emotionally wrung out. I liked but didn‘t love it, even with the strong emotional response. The story is tragic and I liked that it was a quiet story of a relationship as it changes/crumbles. Seeing the subtle changes in Roy and Celestial‘s letters wasn‘t enjoyable but was satisfying as a reader. Unfortunately, I disliked the characters so much throughout and just felt worn out in the end.

Reggie I loved this book. You root for everybody and nobody at the same time. Lol. Also I loved their families. Except for Andre‘s dad. What an ass. 1w
Zelma @Reggie you make some great points. I recognize that I was not in the right headspace for this and wonder how my feelings would be reading it at another time. Reading is such a mood/timing thing! 1w
Laura317 Me to! Although Three Pines with the folks there would be my favorite. 1w
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Mitch
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100 great books from African American Women from 1859 to present ......

https://zora.medium.com/100-best-books-by-black-women-authors-zora-canon-46b3492...

Chelleo Thanks for sharing. Going to bookmark this! 2w
sprainedbrain Thank you for sharing this! 2w
BookwormM Great 👍 1w
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#readintheNewYearSwap
@saltwaterlit
This is so awesome! Both are on my wish list to read. And those goodies are amazing.
Thanks

Chrissyreadit 😍🎉❤️👏💕😍 2w
MeganAnn 🎉✨❤️😍👏🏻😘 2w
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caitlynmhastert
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January 2020 - Book 3/52

#popsugarreadingchallenge

Prompt: Great first line (“There are two kinds of people in the world, those who leave home, and those who don‘t.”)

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LibrarianChels
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How can a book not involving a murder or psychopath be such a page turner? Finished this in 36 hours because I couldn‘t put it down. The emotions and complexities of relationships are clearly articulated. Powerful literature.

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Dear Ms. Jones, I read your book and, well, how very dare you? Do that thing you did with my emotions, flipping & flopping them this way & that like a wet fish till I was quite exhausted? And as for my heart, is it really fair the way you pummelled it till it resembled a very pummelled thing? And that ending? Well, it nearly finished me off! I'm not sure I'll ever forgive you! I'm going to a darkened room now to recover my equilibrium.

LeeRHarry Hehe love this! Sounds like I should add it to my TBR 😊 3w
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dariazeoli
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Thanks, @Eyelit - this was my on my wishlist! I read my first Jones this year and I‘m excited to get to this one. Merry Christmas 🎁

#litsypenpals #kindlitsy

Eyelit Yay! 😃 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Goodwill finds!! 🥳🎉🎈🎊📚

BridgetteM Nice! 1mo
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5 stars. Captures the emotional, physical and human toll of America‘s racist mass incarceration system in a beautifully written novel that I couldn‘t put down. I will be reading all that Tayari Jones writes. And while I was finishing it under my porch heater the neighborhood turkey flock stopped in.... #Tbrread #WinterGames #Jingleballers @FantasyChick

FantasyChick 16pts 1mo
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GatheringBooks
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#DearDecember Day 20: This was my #PannedBook2019, reviewed a few months back.

Eggs This book has a polarizing effect 1mo
Suet624 I didn‘t pan it but I sure didn‘t love it. 1mo
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A gut-punch of a novel tackling the unfairness of a biased judicial system and the reality of prison separations on couples. A painful, powerful story that manages to be both personal and universal. 2019 no 8

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Ahhh!!! Thank you @Kaylamburson ♡ That was SO incredibly thoughtful of you to gift me TWO books and THREE goodies. I love the planner stuff. Thank you SO much. That is right up my alley. And I loooove the bookmark. Truly a huge delight. I can't wait to read the tagged book and I'm so sorry about buying the other book like a dumb dumb 🤦🏼‍♀️🤣 she's my favorite cozy mystery author and I just couldn't wait. But I love the memory this made haha!

SamanthaMarie #LitsyLove Swap. Really appreciate all the work that went into this!! Thank you Litsy Love ♡ 2mo
Kaylamburson I'm so glad you loved it all! I got a bunch of blank bookmarks like that so I can design my own. I'm glad you love it! And don't even worry! Haha. I'm sure you'll find someone who will appreciate that copy lol. I second your note to #LitsyLove. Thanks for organizing, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2mo
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Zoes_Human
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The Kindle edition is on sale for $1.99 on US Amazon right now.

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First lines!

Ms.Story Excellent first line! 2w
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saltwaterlit
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I finished two books this weekend: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Both were enjoyable, but An American Marriage is definitely now a front runner for my favorite reads of the year. It is so beautifully written and I fell in love with every character.

SamAnne Just started American Marriage today and am completely swept up in the writing. 2mo
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saltwaterlit
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I treated myself to a slow morning spending an hour reading this book over breakfast. IT IS SO GOOD and putting it down to drive to work was a struggle. Reading slump over!

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I‘ve been lax in posting my books lately. I finished An American Marriage today and really enjoyed it. And I finished in time for book club this week. I liked hearing the story from all the different points of view - especially Roy. Looking forward to our discussion.

Cinfhen How are the Gabriel Allon books on audio???? 2mo
Pandalibrarian They are awesome! The fabulous George Guidall reads them and I love his voice. 2mo
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saltwaterlit
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Hey Litsy 👋🏻 I‘ve been in kind of a reading slump. I‘ve been working as a librarian for over a month now, and I‘ve hardly been reading 😹. I have finished a few audiobooks, but it hurts to be surrounded by books all day and never read them. So. Trying to get back into it. I‘m gonna post a few books I‘m reading/planning to read to get over the slump now. Tell me: how do you get over reading slumps?

marleed I change genres and that really seems to help me. Also changing publication years helps me. 2mo
Reagan I bail with zero guilt. When I am not in a slump I tend to give it a bit more time but when I am in a slump I am brutal! 2mo
saltwaterlit @Reagan-reads good point! A lot of times when I‘m in a slump I am in the middle of a book I don‘t like and can‘t get through! 2mo
saltwaterlit @marleed interesting! I should try that! 2mo
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Eggs
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I wouldn‘t say I loved or hated the wife in this marriage, but she was hard to love because of her choices when her husband was wrongly accused. The whole story was unsettling, which reflects well on the author bc I believe that‘s what she intended. And it worked.

#characteryouhatetolove
#gratefulreads

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

TheBookHippie This book stayed with me a long long time. 2mo
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, want to get to it!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🖤 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This was my second choice!!! I couldn‘t stand Celestial 😡😡 2mo
SamAnne Beginning it this week-end for a book club. Hoping to dive in and not get distracted by the other books I'm simultaneously reading! 2mo
Eggs @SamAnne Hope it‘s enjoyable for you 2mo
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KadeLexical
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"But how you feel love and understand love is two different things"

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ClaireFullerton
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Stark, vivid, real, and gritty, these are the words that spring to mind upon reflecting on An American Marriage. Author Tayari Jones takes the premise of an unjust, nightmarish turn of fate and unfurls a novel-length treatise on a budding marriage systematically derailed, when a year and a half into marriage, Roy is incarcerated for a crime he didn‘t commit.

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Mixed feelings. Loved the writing and some of the individual sentences. Did not love the characters or the pacing of the book. Some of it felt too rushed, some of it felt too drawn out.
Will give this an overall pick for the important message and the beautiful sentences.

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AnneCecilie
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Roy is writing #LettersHome to Celestial in this devastating novel about a newly wed couple.

A day late for #Spooktober @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 3mo
Eggs Perfect👏🏻🤗👏🏻 3mo
Andrew65 Loved this book. 3mo
AnneCecilie @Andrew65 it‘s a great read. 3mo
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JulAnna
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🧡🧡this quote 🧡🧡
This is actually how I feel about the ocean 🌊 and the beach 🏖

Hoopiefoot I feel this way about mountains ❤️ 3mo
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Jensol77 Awesome read!!!! 3mo
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JulAnna
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Starting this today , I think I am in the mood for some literary fiction and I have heard good things about this one 🤓

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wen4blu
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The sunflower and bees looks very happy with this month‘s book club selection.

🐝 🐝 🌻

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mrsh62010
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I enjoyed this one. I‘ve been on a long reading hiatus.

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Andrew65 Loved this book. 3mo
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Mel01
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One of those paragraphs you read, stop, close the book, open to read again then just sit and ponder. Beautiful 📖

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This was powerful, and I feel like it‘s one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. But I can‘t quite say that I enjoyed it. This was a story of how forced absence can affect a young marriage. It was heartbreaking, and frustrating, but also touching. A moving read.

ManyWordsLater Wow. That wasn‘t my take away at all! 4mo
TheBookKeepers The writing was impeccable. I didn‘t like the personalities of either of the main characters, but gosh did they feel so real! This story stayed with me a while too. 4mo
Jensol77 I loved that it addressed current issues, mainly the effects of incarceration and abortion on the individuals and families. It was powerful and made you think. I passed this up several times and finally got into it on audible. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4mo
GypsyKat @Jensol77 I agree about the current issues. And the Audible version was very well done! 4mo
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GypsyKat
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I started listening to this one today. I bought it during an audible sale and had no idea what it was about. But I‘m engrossed so far!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s really good!!! 4mo
bookladyreads I'm not a fan of audiobooks, but this one was pretty enjoyable. 4mo
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Amor4Libros
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This book was a gem! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

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I really liked this book a lot. It really makes you think about how you would feel in a situation similar to theirs. Roy and Celestial are newlyweds and he ends up going to prison for false rape charges. A good portion of the book is letter between the two which was my favorite part. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie I still think about this book even though it‘s been over a year. It‘s sooo good. Glad you liked it. 4mo
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 15: Plenty #GroundsForDivorce in this novel. I did not connect with any of the characters, finding them feckless, the drama overwrought, the sense of entitlement – or sense of persecution – elaborately explained to death. I also could not get past the utter self-absorption of each of the three main characters – whose narrative voices by the way are indistinguishable from each other. Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kzy

arlenefinnigan Feel quite hungry now. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m eyeing your feast too! Looks delish. And, I did love this book. 4mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i think i was over exposed to way too many #GroundsForDivorce novels that week. I reviewed all three books having to do with the breakdown of American and British marriages. 4mo
Cinfhen Yea, that could do it but perfect pick for the prompt 4mo
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An amazing book. It absolutely broke my heart.

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This book was about a young marriage trying to navigate the injustice of the husband wrongfully convicted of a crime. While I enjoyed the writing style and felt the story and writing were well-done, I did not ever truly like the characters themselves and really struggled with many of the decisions/paths/excuses they took. I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted the final outcome to be, but felt the author finished it out very well.

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Well. Bloody good book. We'll written. I liked how the characters narrated.
I came away thinking a lot about Roy. At first I had pure sympathy for him but that decreased and I began to dislike him. But towards the end o admired him more. Undecided about him.

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I tried so hard to warm to this novel but I simply couldn't. Maybe this is because I am not American and white. What confused me most was the fact that not once in the book did any of the characters investigate into the alleged rape. Instead they all accepted their fates. Is the American legal system really that unreliable and random that African-Americans must fear the worst? If it is, take action when casting your vote next time!

violabrain To answer your question about the American legal system: yes, it‘s an absolute mess. There are many people working to reform it, but like so much in the US right now, it‘s entangled in our history of ugly racism and people profiting off of that. 5mo
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rachaich
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I love the cover of this edition that I got in a charity shop.
I have high hopes for it as I've read so many reviews and it received such high literary praise.

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Amor4Libros
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Good thing I decided to start this on a weekend...Because productivity has gone out the window!