An American Marriage (Hardback)Tayari Jones (author)
WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama
A Book of the Year according the i, Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Mail
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day 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.
Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.
A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm
'A marvellous feat of storytelling.'* Guardian *
'If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.'* Sunday Times Style *
'Haunting...beautifully written.'* New York Times Book Review *
'Another incredible love story, though fraught with greater challenges for the couple at the centre, which makes the story all the more moving. Jones's prose is chock-full of lyricism, grace and wisdom. You will never forget the story of Celestial and Roy.'* Observer *
'Epic...transcendent...triumphant.'* Elle *
'The end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there's more - a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them.'* Times *
'Jones sheds a haunting light on the all-encompassing nature of racial injustice.'* Daily Mail, Best Summer Reads *
'Loyalty, duty, family, secrets and anger are gently, yet powerfully woven through every page...the reader is given a sense of intimacy that is a rare gift from an author.'* Naga Munchetty, 2016 judge of the Women's Prize for Fiction *
'A magnificent, painful story of love and justice.'* Sainsbury's Magazine, Book Club Choice *
'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.'* Barack Obama *
'It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas that shines a light on today's America... The prose is luminous, striking and utterly moving.'* Prof. Kate Williams, Chair of Judges, The Women's Prize for Fiction *
'It's among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.'* Oprah Winfrey *
'Jones writes brilliantly about expectations and loss and racial injustice, and how love must evolve when our best laid plans go awry.'* Esquire *
'A tense and timely love story... An American Marriage is the perfect book-club book - one the whole group will finish and discuss with conviction.'* People Magazine, Book of the Week *
'A literary page-turner that's impossible to put down.'* The Los Angeles Times *
'Jones's exquisitely written novel... powerful.'* Evening Standard *
'A stunning epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns... Skilfully crafted and beautifully written, An American Marriage is an exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable.'* Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory *
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“a beautifully raw portrait of American life”
Tayari Jones’ novel is one that explores love in a variety of forms. Roy and Celestial have a marriage that feels real, with mistakes, misunderstandings, but most overwhelmingly, love. They navigate their respective... More
Tayari Jones writes absolutely beautifully, and this is an epic tale of a marriage beset by extenuating forces. The characters Jones creates are immediately believable and I found myself immediately captivated by... More
“Miss Tayari Jones”
Awesome reading could not put this Book down- I guess that is why Miss Jones is a writer. I loved the ending. What can I say I simply loved reading this Book and it happens to be one of 8 books suggested as good... More
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