An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
In Tayari Jones’ latest, Celestial and Roy are young newlyweds, an ambitious couple ready to figure out their life together. Their domestic dream is ruined by unforeseen circumstances and unfortunate timing, as Roy is unfairly jailed for twelve years for a crime he did not commit. As Celestial tries to find her balance between being there for Roy and living her own life, her normally independent nature becomes unsettled. She finds comfort in her childhood friend (and the best man at her wedding), Andre, and her art. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned and he's released after five years, our still married couple must decide what their bond means to them, and the form it will take after so much time apart. Rarely does no one get hurt in matters of the heart or in the decision to live one's own life. An American Marriage (Algonquin, $26.95) is enchanting and will be difficult to put down once started. And if you don’t believe me, believe Oprah, who chose this novel to be on her 2018 book club selection.