An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage, written by Tayari Jones, is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of marriage and the impact of injustice on a young couple's relationship.
The story centers around Celestial and Roy, an upwardly mobile African-American couple who are deeply in love and looking forward to a bright future together. However, their lives are thrown into turmoil when Roy is falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The book delves into the emotional and psychological toll that Roy's imprisonment takes on Celestial, as well as the strain it puts on their marriage. Celestial struggles to come to terms with Roy's absence and grapples with the possibility of moving on with her life. Meanwhile, Roy fights to clear his name and maintain his connection to Celestial from behind bars.
One of the novel's main themes is the intersection of race and the criminal justice system. The story shines a light on the injustices faced by African Americans in the criminal justice system, and how those injustices can tear families apart.
Jones' writing is both evocative and powerful, capturing the raw emotions of the characters and the complexities of their relationships. An American Marriage is an important and thought-provoking read that delves into the complexities of love, loyalty and injustice.
The book was a best seller and won many literary awards such as the Women's Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award. It has been widely praised for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a marriage in crisis and for its exploration of the impact of the criminal justice system on African American families.