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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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Karisa
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I‘m loving the new podcast Book Exploder! It‘s hosted by Susan Orlean, and she talks to other authors about breaking down key passages in their books.

This wonderful episode gave me a much deeper appreciation for Tayari Jones‘ book. I had no idea of her process (basically wrote 2.5 books and then interwove their stories 😱): https://open.spotify.com/episode/3lBbAwFe56klGNvpzCBDE5?si=OSkiFAraS2WEuUl7hkMvS...

charl08 Thanks for posting this - I'm always looking for new book podcasts. 2d
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Brooke_H
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Excited for book club tonight. It‘s our first in-person meeting in…I don‘t even know how long! 📚

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Brooke_H
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My current staff pick

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jenniferw88
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This has to be one of the best notes I've ever written in an #lmpbc book!

4 3/4 ⭐

#2019 #202025 @Librarybelle

@jhod it will be on it's way back to you soon!

jhod Ha very good! Pleased you liked it! It was one of those where the hype ruined it for me I think as I had such high expectations 5mo
jenniferw88 To be fair, anything is better than mine - I'm sorry it was a dud. I should have changed my choice as I was struggling with it! @Mrs_B 5mo
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 5mo
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#MadeYouMad #BookMoods @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I became angry with the wife for abandoning her husband who was serving time for a crime he didn‘t commit 😡

Vansa So so so glad to read this opinion.This book made me SO MAD for exactly the same reason- seriously? I'm supposed to fall sorry for this woman when the poor guy literally is in high security jail for a violent crime he is innocent of committing?and somehow the book wants me to think her problems are really major?What even was the weird ending,where he nearly sexually assaults her-to show us he's not that nice?So overhyped 5mo
Vansa Also,she writes as if his stint in jail is super comfortable and he's totally fine-none of the horror and the violence of incarceration,made even worse by your innocence 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect choice!! I couldn‘t stand Celestial 🤬🤬 5mo
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I think what resonated most with me in this book was how accurate I felt it‘s portrayal of marriage was. A marriage that is pushed up against the ropes, when all feels helpless. Celestial and Roy are separated by prison, Roy accused of a crime that Celestial knows he didn‘t commit. Devotion, shown through letters starts to wain as one goes forward in life and the other is incarcerated. It‘s heartbreaking but honest. Deserving of its rave reviews.

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“Sometimes when you like where you end up, you don‘t care how you got there.”

#BookMoods
#Celebbookclubpick

From Oprah‘s book club 💙💛

I enjoyed this one! It was beautifully written with relatable characters who found themselves in a very difficult situation. I would like to think I know what I would do in this situation, but do I really?

I really enjoyed meeting Tayari! She is awesome!

ncsufoxes That is so cool. I loved this book. I had to read it for a family development class. I need to read her other book. 6mo
KristiAhlers You‘re so lucky. I enjoyed that book as well! 6mo
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jlhammar This was a good one! I really liked Silver Sparrow too. 6mo
Jensol77 I really enjoyed this read. She made the characters very multi-demential. Complicated themes. 6mo
Eggs Moral dilemmas! But well written 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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charl08
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Check out my fancy new pen mug at work...

#WomensPrize

TrishB That‘s amazing 👍🏻 6mo
squirrelbrain 💕💕💕 6mo
charl08 Almost as good as a book! @squirrelbrain @trishb 6mo
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thewallflower0707
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I was busy the last few days!

The Split (f/f romance with focus on a lovely friendship): ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The Children of Jocasta (good Ancient Greek story retelling): ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The sisters of Sparta (another retelling, but characterization fell short & too much was missing): ⭐️/5
An American Marriage (different than I expected): ⭐️⭐️,5/5

#reading

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CrowCAH Perfect title for today! 9mo
mabell 👍 9mo
Santie This is a really good one!!! 9mo
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Reynosa8701
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I really enjoyed this book! Not bad for a thrift store find!

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This was nothing like what I expected (and who knows what I was expecting) but this story is incredible. #book43of2022

Nutmegnc You‘re already on 43??!! 🙀😱👏🔥 9mo
brittanybooks @Nutmegnc January was dull and snowy… quick ebooks and audiobooks were my best options 📚☕️🤣🥳 9mo
Nutmegnc Ew snow. I am not a fan. 9mo
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DogMomIrene So this book seems pretty interesting based on the quotes you‘re posting. 9mo
brittanybooks @dogmomirene is so worth the read! Not as spooky/other worldly as this quote might suggest but there are a couple of interesting twists. I used the audiobook version at the library and it was well done. 9mo
DogMomIrene @brittanybooks I love a good audiobook. Stacking👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 9mo
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DogMomIrene I think I like this quote the best. 9mo
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February‘s pick for the book club I‘m in. So far, I‘m enjoying it.

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Peaslady
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This was good, just not great. Felt at points it got a bit laboured, found myself almost skimming. Pace wise it started so quick and then slowed a lot, so perhaps that was it. The story of the impact of the wrongful conviction on not just Roy but the others in his life was very moving. And there was a lot in there about the significance and divergence in parenting from both sides I found interesting. But perhaps not one I‘d rush to recommend.

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kimmypete1
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Giving it a pick, but it took me awhile to get into it.

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Mehso-so

This book made me feel things I wasn't ready to feel.

Cathythoughts I bailed on this one 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
Hitchhikerbooks Understandable. It wasn't what everyone made it out to be. Over-hyped 1y
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I had very little clue what to expect of this book when I started reading it. I think it was on the Women‘s Prize shortlist when it caught my eye. Good story, and enlightening. Great characters, I liked the way the story was passed around between them so you got to understand the different viewpoints. Sadly the central premise of the book in which a black man is falsely accused of a crime was all too believable. My #bookspin for July.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#curiouscovers #tree
A great book looking at an all too common situation in America. What happens to a marriage when one of the people is falsely accused of a crime and goes to prison?
Great way to start thinking about the American justice system if you don't, and great discuss topics on relationships too.
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Eggs Great choice 🌳💔🌳 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree!! I did not care for Celestial… 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn't either! But it is interesting to put yourself in her place and think about the situation. How, who, and why people get married, and if and what it would take for a relationship to stay together through so much extended stress and trauma. 1y
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4⭐️ I enjoyed the book and thought that it explored some excellent issues, like how incarceration affects a marriage and how Black African American males have been targeted (thinking of the Susan Smith cases where she gave a description of an African-American male of drowning her kids when she had actually done it herself) for certain crimes. I felt that the epilogue was an afterthought and really didn‘t add anything

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melissajayne
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Onto my second book for #deweysreadathon #24hourreadathon #readathon. I will post reviews of completed books in the coming days.

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melissajayne
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On page 6, it mentions “blue box jewelry”. I have never heard of that term; what is it?

MsMelissa Might be referring to Tiffany, as all Tiffany jewelry comes in a blue box. 2y
readingjedi Tiffany's blue box is iconic in the jewellery world. 2y
AmyG My guess is Tiffany becauee of it‘s distinctive blue box. 2y
megnews I agree, Tiffany. 2y
melissajayne Thank you for the answers 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Thank you Durham County Public Library for the amazing lineup of authors for your first #libraryfest! I also love the tumbler!

BennettBookworm That sounds so fun! 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This was a powerful book that looks at the impacts of racism and the justice system through the lens of one marriage. It was eye opening and heartbreaking.
#diversereads
#read2021

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Marni
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Looks a like I‘ll be finishing this one today.

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This book is a pick for me but I did struggle to get through it. Each section was divided by voice and for the audio this was great but I did not particularly enjoy any of the characters though and so I found myself watching TV instead of reading. It was thought provoking and the dialogue throughout was full of emotions. I think this is why I HAD to finish it despite feeling a bit detached. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This was my #doublespin for March.

Tamra I bailed, so I get your struggle. 2y
Cathythoughts I also bailed ... I couldn‘t get into it 2y
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KyrstinElizabeth
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Women‘s work is never easy, never clean.

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Maybe that‘s what it means to be in love, to willingly be at the mercy of another person.

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If you were to ask me what it smelled like, I couldn‘t answer any more than you would know what to say if someone asked you to describe the fragrance of coffee. It was the scent of my mother and it couldn‘t be broken down into parts.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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You don‘t know what you need until somebody gives it to you exactly the way you need it gave.

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When she gives a song, it isn‘t entertaining; rather, it sounds like she is telling secrets that are not hers to reveal.

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I‘m not sure if she even realized it herself, but she‘s the kind of woman who will never belong to anyone.

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In my mind, I picture us at our same kitchen table, in our same comfortable house, passing quiet words of truth.

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

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But this is what loss has taught me of love. Our house isn‘t simply empty, our home has been emptied.

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He stood again and cried, not like a baby, but in the way that only a grown man can cry, from the bottom of his feet up through his torso and finally through his mouth.

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...I felt blessed in the old-fashioned sense, in a way that anyone would be in finding someone whose smell you enjoyed.

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Memory is a queer creature, an eccentric curator.