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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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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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Pandalibrarian
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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???? 4d
Pandalibrarian They are awesome! The fabulous George Guidall reads them and I love his voice. 3d
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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. 4d
Reagan-reads 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! 4d
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! 3d
saltwaterlit @marleed interesting! I should try that! 3d
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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. 6d
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, want to get to it!!! 6d
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🖤 5d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This was my second choice!!! I couldn‘t stand Celestial 😡😡 5d
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! 2d
Eggs @SamAnne Hope it‘s enjoyable for you 2d
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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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JulAnna
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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!! 1mo
Eggs Perfect👏🏻🤗👏🏻 1mo
Andrew65 Loved this book. 1mo
AnneCecilie @Andrew65 it‘s a great read. 1mo
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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 ❤️ 1mo
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jenniferw88
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Jensol77 Awesome read!!!! 1mo
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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. 1mo
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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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GypsyKat
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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! 2mo
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. 2mo
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2mo
GypsyKat @Jensol77 I agree about the current issues. And the Audible version was very well done! 2mo
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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!!! 2mo
bookladyreads I'm not a fan of audiobooks, but this one was pretty enjoyable. 2mo
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Amor4Libros
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This book was a gem! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

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TamTracy
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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. 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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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. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m eyeing your feast too! Looks delish. And, I did love this book. 2mo
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. 2mo
Cinfhen Yea, that could do it but perfect pick for the prompt 2mo
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violabrain
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An amazing book. It absolutely broke my heart.

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Beccacraft
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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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rachaich
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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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brisch
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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. 3mo
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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!

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Amor4Libros
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Started this last night and enjoying it so far.

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ChristinasBookChronicles
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200 pages to go and book club is tomorrow! Not sure which of these other ones I'll start next, if I do finish An American Marriage tomorrow though. What's your vote? Also, wish me luck! Lol
#countdown #yethereiamonsocialmedia

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Reading_in_the_meadow
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This was not my favorite book of the year, but such an important one. As a white woman, raised in a two parent household, I acknowledge my privilege. I have no personal experiences to relate to those of the characters in this book. That is why, even though at times I didn't particularly enjoy it, I think it is such an important book to read. #diversereads #booksaswindows

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rachaich
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Oooh when you house sit for a friend and find two books you want to read!

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ChristinasBookChronicles
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Cheers! It's Wednesday, y'all! And, for once, the sunshine is out. I'm sitting out back, just cracking open An American Marriage. What are you reading?

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Wildly_Bookish
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A tough book to read. The issues with race, relationship, and injustice are at times hard to stomach, but this is a book that needs to be read.

Add me on Goodreads for a full review.
Goodreads.com/wildly_bookish

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Sha0102
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Despite all the hype this book had, I didn't think it was so good .... The part I liked the most was the epistolografic, I haven't read letters in novels for a long time. #PamelaFeelings #AnAmericanMarriage #TayariJones #book #bookaholic #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #instaread #instabooks #bookstagram #litsy #booklover #readingabook #amreading #books #Sha2019 #taglivros

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Wildly_Bookish
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My next read. Only a few pages in. Anyone read this one? Thoughts?

KristenDuck Seems people love it or just found it okay... curious how you will feel 3mo
Wildly_Bookish I'll definitely update when i'm finished. 3mo
TheBookHippie We read this for our #botmbuddyread most liked it some not. We had great discussions . Enjoy. 3mo
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Andrew65 I loved this. 3mo
ChristinasBookChronicles Reading it now! 📚 3mo
Wildly_Bookish Enjoy! 3mo
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Andrew65
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Four of my favourite books with a #prison element. Can‘t go wrong with any of them.
#LetsTravelAugust

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻👮🏻‍♂️⛓ 3mo
BarbaraBB Well played! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You know I love the two on the left!!! But I‘m still mad at Celestial 😡 3mo
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Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂 Yes me too! I read Sing, Unburied, Sing due to your recommendation. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I‘ve got to read her others! I have them, just haven‘t got to them yet! The story of my life 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can relate to that! 😔🤔😱 3mo
KarynGood I really enjoy An American Marriage! 3mo
Andrew65 @KarynGood Me too! One of those books that has stayed with me. 3mo
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This story was heartbreaking. I cried at the pool. However I loved the character development and the plot based on telling the experience of some African American people in the U.S.

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ImperfectCJ
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This morning I read the tagged book while the marine layer receded. Only hours later would my imperfect sunscreen application be revealed.

Blueberry Ah yes (sigh), hope the burn wasn't too bad. 3mo
ImperfectCJ @Blueberry Not too bad just weird-looking. I just tend to miss the borders between clothing and bare skin which leaves some odd stripes. 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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Another belated #MakeMeReadIt review—book 2 completed from my pile of 6. And this was another pick! I was impressed by how deeply this explored the impact incarceration had on a just-begun marriage. I definitely had Opinions on each character‘s actions, but Jones also made me feel deeply for each one. And while it is about a wrongful conviction—and more broadly, mass incarceration—those issues are more of a backdrop than the focus of the novel.

Tonton Next on my TBR 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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Roy tried to prove his #innocence in this novel, but will his marriage to Celestial survive?

WanderingBookaneer I loved this one! 3mo
Eggs 🤗👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
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ChristinasBookChronicles
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Just picked up my local book club's book for August! Have you read it yet? What did you think??

MissSarahLou I did, and I loved it! All the praise it has received is well deserved! 3mo
ChristinasBookChronicles I'm glad to hear it! Can't wait to get started! 3mo
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rkeo
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This story felt really raw and real. The characters' emotions and behaviors were all believable, making you fully invested in the story. This book has everything: issues of race, injustice (political and personal), love (parents and children, husband and wife, friend and friend), and life in general. All these elements are tied together with excellent prose for an excellent read.

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Spanish_Broom
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5th book of maternity leave

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notreallyelaine
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Summer of fiction continues with this wrenching whirlwind. Feels too intimate to be read so hungrily but that‘s what I did. No one can sit on this book for more than three days. That‘s the kind of book it is.

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sprainedbrain
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I‘m kind of surprised this wasn‘t a pick for me—I expected to love it. The writing is lovely, and the story itself was riveting and very sad, but I couldn‘t connect with the main characters. Maybe it was the lack of a backstory for Roy and Celestial, or maybe just the lack of depth to their characters, but I didn‘t like them or Andre. I don‘t need to like characters to enjoy a book, but there was something lacking for me here.

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AmberWB I was the same way with this one... 4mo
marleed I‘ve discovered that of myself. I need to need how the story resolved for the characters. 4mo
Jensol77 I was the opposite. I didn‘t expect to love this book but it turned out to be an awesome read. I feel like it really touched on a lot of current issues and was a very real story. 4mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one 4mo
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LadyCait84
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It was difficult to read, to focus on personal struggles, when the systemic injustice that put it all in motion set my entire being into a maddening and distracting rage...but that‘s an important aspect of it? That this story wasn‘t just a sample statistic, a commentary on the failing, still painfully racist system, but instead was about the depth and ripples of trauma in a man‘s life when years are stolen via incarceration. #24in48

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KatieanneF
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This book had a lot of buzz. I thought it was...just ok. Some really, really lovely bits of writing by a skilled author, and undoubtedly a very sad story. Maybe it just wasn‘t for me or maybe I‘m jaded, but I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and it never did. Happy to have read it, though.

KristenDuck I concur. I expected more. 4mo
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mgdenmark
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This book is phenomenal. The portrayal of 4 different African American fathers and the love between Celeste & Roy is almost tangible. I could not put this book down. It‘s so raw and real... my heart was tugged every which way. Job well done Miss Jones. Job well done.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🎈🤗 4mo
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