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Named an Oprahs Book Club Selection.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 didnt commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roys time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roys conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together....

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ISBN : 9781616201340
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Number of Pages : 308 pages
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An American Marriage Reviews

  • Ashley

    2.5 stars

    I know this book is getting a lot of buzz and it was Oprah's Book Club pick so I had really high hopes but it didn't really work for me. I started to give it 3 stars but after thinking more on it I just couldn't. For me, a 3-star rating means that overall I enjoyed the book. However, this book just didn't rise to that level.

    I'll start with what I did like. I liked how the author weaved in the complexities of being a successful black American. Roy was a rising business executive but bec
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  • Jessica Woodbury

    If you can, read this without knowing anything about it. It won't be destroyed if you know the hook, but the first section will lose a bit of its grip and its grip is fantastic. (Yes, this includes the summary at the top of the Goodreads page. Sorry.)

    This is a book about marriage and the very specific kind of loyalty it asks us to give. Is that loyalty a fair thing to ask? Is it right? What circumstances excuse breaking this bond?

    Celestial and Roy face their own unique set of struggles and priv
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  • Scarlett

    How do you move on in your marriage after it has been put to a full stop? How do you draw from everything it encapsulated till now without going insane when that is all you have left?

    American Marriage is an intimate portrait of love in a newly formed marriage that is soon faced with a tragic event. Against all odds and time, this is a very difficult thing to endure, not to mention move on with and overcome as a married couple. Marriage might be a sacred place between two people that forms one un
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  • Susanne Strong

    4 Compelling Stars.

    Marriage, on its own is a complicated venture. Throw in anything else and Kapow! Everyone always says that first year of marriage is the hardest. For Celestial and Roy, nothing will prepare them for what is to come. Madly in love, they think they can conquer the world. Such wishful thinking. After being married for a year, Roy gets arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and is sentenced to twelve years in Prison. Twelve years. What a great start to their marriage. Initially, Ce
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  • Angela M



    One of the things I liked the most about this novel is that a portion of the book is comprised of letters, mostly between Roy while in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and his wife Celestial. Letter writing seems like it’s from a bygone time and I never feel as if e-mail and certainly not texts adequately reflect the intimate picture of ourselves that a hand written letter does. This is not just about the intimate look at this one relationship, but it’s about their families and their pasts. O
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  • Kelli

    Nothing is ever over.

    This was beautiful. This was a slow roil. A story told with realistic dialogue. A story littered with metaphors. A story sprinkled with wisdom.

    I listened to the audio and it was sublime...so gorgeous were the cadence and rhythm that I was often mesmerized, wrapped up in the story and swept away by what felt like a foreign language and a different culture. Highly recommend. 4.75 stars

  • PorshaJo

    Rating 4.5

    At the heart of this one is the story of Celestial and Roy. They are a young married couple with so much ahead of them. I would not say they had the perfect marriage or knew what marriage is really about in the beginning. They had money, good jobs, a promising life together, and then it was all shattered.

    This is a in-depth story told from the point of view of both Celestrial and Roy and their friend, Andre. It also includes letters between them interweaving them into the story. Celestr
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  • Marialyce



    4 sad beautiful written stars

    Some say the hardest job in the world is being a parent, while others say the hardest job is being married. Working together for a lifetime can bring a couple much happiness or it can be a wedge that grows deeper each day and festers until that marriage is over. However, in the case of Roy and Celestrial, newly married, their life takes a most unhappy turn when Roy is accused of rape. Roy is innocent, but Roy is black so he is automatically assumed to be guilty even
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