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.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Tayari Jones’ novel is perfectly crafted to be read aloud. Written with first-person intimacy, its heart-wrenching tale of love, racial injustice, and regret is brought to life by narrators Eisa Davis and Sean Crisden with a depth of emotion that’s both vivid and visceral. Crisden has a chameleon-like ability to toggle between the book’s colorful cast of male characters, while Davis delicately evokes the heroine’s emotions as she faces one impossible choice after another. This is what audiobooks do best—draw you into the characters’ world in a way that feels raw and immediate.
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I found both male characters quite sexist. This issue became exponential in the audiobook, where the actor narrating Roy’s and Andre’s thoughts uses falsetto to imitate the voice of Celestial or Olive. This might have been intentional from his part to best represent the characters and how they emerge to be so conventional in the book. They give the impression to feel superior to and mocking the female characters. Maybe all of this is purposeful, but I would not have expected it from a book published in 2018 and describing a contemporary love story. I felt that the relationship dynamics were too sexist and traditional.
This book doesn’t disappoint! The audiobook version leaves you on the edge of your seat. Wish I would’ve came across this work of art sooner.
This ain't it
Basically an allegory to say stay in your Lane. The character development falls flat.