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Author: Tayari Jones Narrator: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781681688343
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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.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stunning epic love story…that feels both urgent and indispensable.”

    Edwidge Danticat, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Transcendent…triumphant…gorgeous.”

    Elle

  • “[A] searing novel..gorgeously evokes the New South as it explores mass incarceration on a personal level.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In this unforgettable novel, Tayari Jones tackles hard questions about pride, betrayal, and our capacity to forgive.”

    Real Simple magazine

  • “Poses profound questions about what we owe each other and what injustices we allow to persist.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A compelling exploration of the thorny conflicts that drive us apart and bind us, the distorting weight of racism, and how commitment looks across time—and generations.”

    BBC.com

  • “Jones crafts an affecting tale that explores marriage, family, regret, and other feelings made all the more resonant by her well-drawn characters and their intricate conflicts of heart and mind.”

    Booklist

  • “Tayari Jones displays tremendous writing prowess with An American Marriage, an enchanting novel that…brings abstract ideas about race and love down to the material level. The story is gripping, and the characters are unforgettable.”

    Foreword Reviews (starred review)

  • “Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful…This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A LibraryReads Pick for February
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Upcoming Books
  • An Esquire Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • Southern Living Magazine Pick of 2018 New Novels
  • A Cosmopolitan Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A Huffington Post Pick of Anticipated 2018 Books
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Silver Sparrow, Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and An American Marriage, a New York TImes bestseller. Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, the Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.

About the Narrators

Sean Crisden is an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games, such as the award-winning ShadowGun, and has appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

Eisa Davis is an award-winning actor, writer, and singer–songwriter working on stage and screen. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and she wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of the year by the New Yorker.