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An American Marriage: A Novel (edició 2018)

de Tayari Jones (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:An American Marriage: A Novel
Autors:Tayari Jones (Autor)
Informació:Algonquin Books of Chapel Hi (2018), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
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An American Marriage is a novel that I’ve had on my TBR list for far too long (even before it won The Women’s Prize in 2019). I regret that I hadn’t read it sooner as it’s the kind of novel that reminds you why reading is so good. The plot and the characters are memorable long after you’ve finished reading.

Roy and Celestial haven’t been married long but they have dreams of children, career progression and a long life together. Sure, they argue but they have something solid. Roy has his career mapped out, while Celestial is an artist known for her baby dolls. On a trip to see Roy’s parents in country Louisiana, a decision to stay at a local motel instead of with his parents has life-changing consequences. In the night, Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. He is sentenced and both their lives change forever. Roy is now in gaol, while Celestial has to make a go of it alone. In gaol. Roy’s life revolves around the small (like trading things to get a piece of fruit) while Celestial’s life changes focus to her business and later, her best friend from childhood. Nobody expects Roy’s sentence to be overturned despite Celestial’s family fighting for him – he’s a Black man sentenced in a southern state. But it does, and Roy is ready to rejoin his life where he left off. For him, it’s as though life stopped when he went inside. Celestial has moved on with hers, and made big changes. She’s not sure if she wants to go back. When Celestial, Roy and Andre (Celestial’s best friend) meet again, it’s a reunion that is fraught with a lot of emotion. How can a relationship work if each person is at a different stage of their lives?

The story is heartbreaking and filled with emotion, not focused on the accusation levelled at Roy but the relationships that surround the couple. Both Roy and Celestial’s relationships with their parents are explored with quite a contrast between their reactions to their marriage and relationships. Of course, Celestial and Roy’s relationship is the main focus of the novel and how it changes is both fascinating and painful to watch. Through letters between the couple in gaol, it’s easy for the reader to see Celestial drifting away while Roy clings on to memories. Roy’s incarceration also changes the relationships around him, from people pushing him away to others welcoming him with open arms on his release. The finale between him, Celestial and Andre is powerful and drawn out. I don’t mean that in a negative way, but more that it is so realistic as the thoughts and feelings of each person change with time. It’s not pretty, but it’s definitely realistic.

Jones writes in a way that you can’t help but be drawn into the lives of the characters and feel their emotions too. While Celestial doesn’t always act in a sympathetic way towards others, she does what is best for her. So does Roy, but he doesn’t seem to be called out on it as much (maybe because he’s a man). It’s a strong, powerful read that you can’t stop thinking about.

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  birdsam0610 | Sep 18, 2021 |
An American Marriage centers on a young married couple, Roy and Celestial, and the harsh realities of race and the criminal justice system in America. Told from the couple's perspective as well as occasionally in the voice of Celestial's childhood friend Andre, the book follows the characters just before, during, and directly after Roy's wrongful imprisonment.

I've never read a book with this subject matter and enjoyed it as my midday read during my lunch break at work. That being said, I wanted more from this book. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but by the end of the book, I felt like I still only knew the characters at surface level. It sometimes felt like the way the story was told ( a large portion is formatted like letters back and forth between the central couple) kept me at arm's length and didn't allow for me as a a reader to empathize with the characters on a deeper level. ( )
  CarleyShea | Sep 16, 2021 |
(42) Sometimes I think I am too highbrow for books about marriage, courtship, yuppies, etc, in particular if they are endorsed by Oprah or Reese Witherspoon - but I am fooling myself. I read this voraciously and enjoyed it. A young couple is a year into their marriage, still in love, black yuppies in Atlanta from HBCU graduates/families - when Roy is imprisioned for a crime he didn't commit. Not much time is spent on this part of the book - we don't get the race of the accuser or the nitty gritty of the time-line, court case. This is from the black perspective - it happens because it did and does and that's just the way it is. The real story is how Roy, Celestial, their families, and her childhood friend, Andre (who becomes Celestial's lover) try to move their lives forward.

The characters all popped off the page, even if the characterizations were a bit Hollywood. I teared up in several places, but it didn't feel gratuitous, it felt genuine. Mostly related to Olive, Roy's mother and the quiet desperation that is the state of most of our lives. I was riveted by the ending when inevitable happens - Roy comes home from prison. Of course, I won't spoil but I thought it was written with just the right amount of dramatic tension and story-telling. There is no way this won't be a movie. The only part of the novel I didn't like was the unlikely coincidence of Roy's, "biological." There were several instances of unlikely occurrences and made for TV movie moments that made this walk a little too close to the 'chick lit' line for me to give a much higher rating.

Anyway, this appears to be the type of novel I am enjoying right now. Nothing too heavy, engaging, well-written. I don't want ponderous literature and self-important non-fiction right now - this was the right book at the right time for me. Once again, shame on me for thinking I am too discerning for a good Oprah heartbreaker. ( )
  jhowell | Jul 25, 2021 |
Meh. ( )
  wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
This book is hard for me to rate. I was on the edge of my seat when Roy was arrested and the author kept me interested by alternating chapters between Roy talking, Celestial talking, and Andre talking so I gave it 3 I-liked-it stars. But lord did those characters make me mad. I hated all of them. Roy and Andre thinking women are property and Celestial allowing herself to be property. I can't deal with people like that in real life so fictitious idiots are even worse because you can't tell them they're idiots, you can only slam the book shut on them and bitch about them in your blog. But yay that the book is off my shelf and onto the book donation pile. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
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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.

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