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An American Marriage: LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019 Paperback – 7 Mar 2019

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (7 Mar. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786075199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786075192
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple'

(Barack Obama)

‘Haunting...beautifully written.’

(The New York Times Book Review)

‘It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.’

(Oprah Winfrey)

‘Powerful...The story...is both sweeping and intimate- at once an unsparing exploration of what it means to be black in America and a remarkably lifelike portrait of a marriage.’

(The New Yorker)

‘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.’

(Attica Locke, Observer)

'The story is a blend of thoughtful drama and social issues... Obama described it as "a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African American couple."'

(Independent)

‘Epic...transcendent…triumphant.’

(Elle)

‘Compelling...spun with tender patience by Jones, who cradles each of these characters in a story that pulls our sympathies in different directions. She never ignores their flaws, their perfectly human tendency toward self-justification, but she also captures their longing to be kind, to be just, to somehow behave well despite the contradictory desires of the heart.’

(Washington Post)

‘Jones writes brilliantly about expectations and loss and racial injustice, and how love must evolve when our best laid plans go awry.’

(Esquire)

‘Quietly powerful...[Jones's] writing illuminates the bits and pieces of a marriage: those almost imperceptible moments that make it, break it, and forcefully tear it apart.’

(The Atlantic)

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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 struggles to hold on to the love that has been her centre. When his conviction is suddenly overturned, 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.

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