An American Marriage

An American Marriage

eBook - 2018
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"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"--
Published: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781616207601
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EljayJohnson
Jul 06, 2019

A meaty, satisfying read. Ray and Celestial have been married for less than 2 years when he's incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. Celestial has no doubts about his innocence, which is what made her consequent actions unforgivable to me. I would certainly try other titles by Jones.

Groszerita Jul 02, 2019

This is a complicated book. Jones writes very well and often is poetic.

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asoria
Jun 27, 2019

I'm surprised some readers found the book flat and unconvincing. On the contrary, I thought the novel was beautifully written. The author painted a picture of a complex and emotional marriage that expresses contemporary challenges. The prose are beautiful; much of the description is richly worded and thoughtfully expressed. It was very gripping.

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posie12
Jun 07, 2019

I think the marriage was in trouble before the incarceration. The wife finds evidence of her husband's wandering eye a couple of times. After he goes to jail she is very quick to have an abortion even though she and her parents could support a child. Would this marriage have lasted had he not gone to jail? Good book for a bookclub.

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ellenefox
Jun 07, 2019

I read this novel for a class because it has a very accurate portrayal of a black man being falsely accused of a crime and incarcerated by a racist criminal justice system, and how this destroys his marriage.

BPLpicks Jun 05, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2019 WOMAN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION!!!!
This book allows us a glimpse inside a marriage that has been torn apart when the husband is unfairly incarcerated. It is told from the alternating points of view of both the husband and wife as they make difficult choices or learn to cope when they have no choices at all. This character driven book is thought provoking and moving. A good book for readers who like to feel invested in the characters of a book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 26, 2019

A heartbreaking portrait of the impact of incarceration on a marriage. Just really well written and powerful.

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betsymarzoni
May 24, 2019

Excellent, nuanced, believable story told from the points of view of three people who get tangled up in a miscarriage of justice and the resultant fallout.

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blcwrites
May 21, 2019

I'm somewhere between 2 stars and 4 on this book. The story is interesting but the characters felt flat, written at a distance by the author, and could have been even more powerful and expressive of racial and judicial inequality. The last chapters made it worth staying but left me feeling that I read a draft and that it could have been more powerful with another revision.

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toby65
Apr 29, 2019

Perhaps one needs to be an American and/or
African- American to get what all the hype is about.
I am neither.

The characters are not terribly interesting and the
narrative is pretty much predictable.
Middle class family comes apart when husband is
wrongfully convicted.

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wiseallison1
Dec 06, 2018

wiseallison1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

The vast generosity of women is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody knows where it leads.

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