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Publisher's Summary

Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection

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 12 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. 

©2018 Tayari Jones (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Unexpected

Shocking, beautiful, Human. This story rips apart fairytales and challenges what we believe is “real” between two people who decide to be married. I will probably listen again soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love Letters To Life and Beyond.

An American Marriage is much more then the title suggest. A beautiful layered story told in an exchange of Love Letters. The narration was outstanding and the concept made this book a page turner. Highly recommended!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Truly enjoyed this book.

Loved the book. Male narrator was very good. Female needed more "personality." I enjoyed nonetheless.

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Not for me.

The story was predictable and uninteresting. Oprah is usually on the money, not this time.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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All in One Day...

I listened to the entire book in one day...9 hours straight. I have never been captivated by a novel in my 40 years of life. I could see each word as they were narrated... especially Eisa's narration.
When the gentleman narrated the women's parts, it didn't feel as authentic, yet their performances were phenomenal. I want to thank my former school mate, Lashawnda, for recommending this read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Really Oprah!?

I listened to this book because Oprah highly recommended it and literally from chapter 1 I was like REALLY OPRAH!? Maybe because her and Steadman never got married she thinks this is such an enlightening tale, but it fell short in SO many areas including the lackluster narration. The only thing I liked about this book was the ending and how the author let us know what everyone is doing "now"... But if I knew then what I know now I would have just skipped right to the end!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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It was okay. Not what I expected.

The story was interesting but lack substance and depth. I kept thinking i missed something.

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interesting story <br />

Storyline was interesting and good. Many themes with predictable results. The book would make a good movie.

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Good story!

This was an interesting story. l could see the views from both husband and wife. sad but true.

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Glad such a worthy author got the Oprah bump

I stumbled upon Jones' Silver Sparrow a few years ago and really liked it--more than this one, actually, though I did like this one. So often, really good authors (often authors of color) are totally overlooked, and you have to do a fair amount of hunting to find them amongst thousands upon thousands of books.

Jones managed to take really depressing and difficult subjects (the over incarceration of black men and wrongful conviction alongside the issues of marriage, children, fractured families, racism, and so on) and treat them in such a way that you get it--it's real--but you don't feel like opening a vein.

Roy was the most compelling and interesting character to me and the audio narrator bumped it up a notch. I wish there had been a different narrator for Celestial. While Davis was fine I was really craving Bahni Turpin, Angela Dawe, or Robin Miles, all of whom would have brought Celestial to life better.

Too often these days, authors write unlikable or really flawed narrators but write them in such a way that you can't relate, can't understand. In this novel, all three main characters are flawed (though nobody is downright unlikeable) yet you can still relate to each and understand why they are the way they are and do the things they do. That's no small feat to pull off.

I was rooting for all three main characters even though I couldn't imagine that it would turn out well for all of them!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs A Obozuwa
  • 02-09-18

Fantastic Read!

An amazing tread of events with powerful emotions expressed on all levels. The Author’s description is very captivating. X

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  • Linda
  • 02-19-18

An American Marrige

Easy to read book, with a very good narration. Got drawn in pretty quickly and found it hard to stop listening to the next chapter all the time. The ending was predictable from the minute Roy returned from Celest's house. Got to say for a minute there I hoped none of them would end up together, as all of their actions didn't sit right with me, but I am glad for the ending anyway.

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