SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019
'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day 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.
Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.
A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
‘This is a marvellous feat of storytelling, told with the type of light touch that can only be achieved through hard work.’(The Guardian)
‘Haunting...beautifully written.’(The New York Times Book Review)
‘If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.’(Sunday Times)
‘It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.’(Oprah Winfrey)
‘Powerful...The story...is both sweeping and intimate- at once an unsparing exploration of what it means to be black in America and a remarkably lifelike portrait of a marriage.’(The New Yorker)
‘Another incredible love story, though fraught with greater challenges for the couple at the centre, which makes the story all the more moving. Jones’s prose is chock-full of lyricism, grace and wisdom. You will never forget the story of Celestial and Roy.’(Attica Locke, Observer)
‘A wonderfully deep and moving novel...powerful and exciting.’(Kate Williams, Chair of Judges, The Women's Prize for Fiction)
'The story is a blend of thoughtful drama and social issues... Obama described it as "a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African American couple."'(Independent)