'A marvellous feat of storytelling.'
An American Marriage
WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019Tayari Jones
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.
'If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.'
'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.'
'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.'
'Jones sheds a haunting light on the all-encompassing nature of racial injustice.'
'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.'
'A magnificent, painful story of love and justice.'
'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.'
'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.'
'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.'