An American Marriage

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Fiction

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones book cover
ISBN 9781616201340
Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing
Tayari Jones author photo, credit Nina Subin
Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the New York Times–bestselling author of the novels Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, Leaving Atlanta, and An American Marriage. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. More about this author >

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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.

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