An American Marriage (Hardcover)

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What a glorious novel about love, parenthood, and marriage. Roy Jr. and Celestial have returned for a fraught visit to Elon, Louisiana where Roy grew up with stern but loving parents. They spend the night at a local motel where they are awakened by the police who arrest Roy for the rape of a motel guest. He is railroaded in a sentence of twelve years. Roy and Celestial write letters to one another in an attempt to salvage their marriage.  Jones has drawn such complete characters, I felt like I was there in prison, in her shop, at Roy's childhood home.

— Valerie

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"Haunting . . . Beautifully written." --The New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable." --USA Today

"A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class." --People

"Compelling." --The Washington Post

"Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant." --Elle


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.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781616201340
ISBN-10: 1616201347
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English