An American Marriage

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The wonderful thing about writing and publishing books is that I can feed my reading addiction and classify it as a legitimate business expense. Reading great books keeps me humble and makes my writing better. Recently, I read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

What a powerful book. An Oprah 2018 book club selection, An American Marriage is the story of a young black man, Roy, wrongly accused and imprisoned for rape, and how his relationship with his wife, Celestial, weathers the storm. Despite their best intentions, Roy's incarceration takes its toll and they grow apart. Andre, Celestial's friend since they were babies, becomes more than a shoulder to cry on during this difficult time.

The author gives us an intimate portrayal of these characters' struggles through heartfelt letters exchanged by Roy and Celestial while he's in prison. The story is told through multiple points of view, including Andre's.

I was in turn moved, shocked, horrified, delighted, and saddened by this story of a young upwardly mobile black man who had everything going for him but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and how his life, as well as those of the people who love him, was changed forever.

This story is about love and marriage in all its complexity and how it evolves. It's a must read.