An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Book Review

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Synopsis from goodreads

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 tw …more

My thoughts

A toast to my first book review of 2018. Now that that’s out of the way . . .

I enjoyed the book because of how honest it was. Tayari Jones tackled the most discussed topic Black-Americans face in United States, which is injustice with the court and legal system.  Black men being imprisoned without proper findings of guilt and then being left to carry the consequences when the truth of the innocence is ultimately revealed.

I really felt for Roy. A black man who understood that he had to work twice as hard to get ahead in life and in a matter of hours all of his efforts stripped away because he was accused by a White American woman of rape. Without the proper procedure and corrupt judicial system, we learned in the book that he was indeed innocent after serving a term of 5 years. Roy lost everything including his wife all because of being wrongly accused and convicted. As I was reading, I did feel annoyed with Roy at times because he kept reiterating what has been DONE TO HIM. Looking back, I judged him too quickly. ALL these things were DONE TO HIM, he did absolutely nothing wrong for this torture to befall him.

I will describe Celestial as what Black- Americans call the bourgeoisie, or bougie, a term to describe Black-Americans belonging in the upper middle class. Her upbringing led her to believe she could have whatever it is that she wanted in life and we can clearly see that in her relationship with her parents, friend and husband. It would have been the best romantic story if Tayari Jones gave her and her husband an happy ending, but we see the reality of how life moves on regardless of how much we’d like for it to stay the same. We see the pressure of wanting women to remain a certain way and put their life on holds for men. Although I found Celestial selfish at times, I also applaud her for taking charge of her life.

As for Andre, I don’t blame him for stealing the opportunity to get what he wants. Sometimes we miss opportunities by rationalizing everything but in the end we suffer because we weren’t brave enough to truly go after what we want. But yes, his timing was little off, but I can’t hate on him.

Overall, I think Tayari Jones delivered a solid book on the reality of some Black- Americans. I applaud her for tackling tough subjects and not sugar coating the truth. I did think that certain parts of the stories were prolonged for no reason at all. I also wish I had gotten into the mind of some of the other minor characters but that probably would have made the book to long. This was an easy summer read or vacation read.

I will give it 4/5 stars

have you read this An American Marriage? What did you think?

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