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An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones


306 pages

What’s it about? Celestial and Roy are a young, black, upwardly mobile couple who are newly married and starting a life together.  When Roy is mistakenly sent to prison their lives change forever. What did it make me think about? This book is about marriage, commitment, and family.  It is also about the experience of being a black man in America.  Ms. Jones story draws us all in by the universal truths she tells about relationships- but she also shares a viewpoint that many of us (by the color of our skin) can not be familiar with. Should I read it? I liked this book- but did not love this book.  I can’t put my finger on why I didn’t just love it.I could understand where Celestial was coming from- but I did not always like her very much.  Maybe this was my stumbling block.  This bookwas timely, well written, and thought provoking.  I would recommend it- it would be a good book club choice. Quote- “Human emotion is beyond comprehension, smooth and uninterrupted, like an orb made of glass.”

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