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EPUB í MOBI An American Marriage î 9781616201340 ✓ GWAIRSOFT Æ ❴Ebook❵ ➩ An American Marriage Author Tayari Jones – Gwairsoft.co.uk Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South He is a young executive and she is artist on Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career They are settling into the routine of their life together when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestia A couple years ago Melinda and I visited a state prison in Georgia as part of our foundation’s work on US poverty I’d never been to a prison before and it was an eye opening experienceThe most memorable part was the discussion we had with some of the inmates about transitioning back into society Although most were looking forward to leaving prison behind some were clearly anxious about it One man told us he was scared to re enter society after so many years behind bars Another mentioned that it felt like he was a car about to be dropped into the middle of a racetrack where the other cars are already going 200 miles per hourI couldn’t help but think about that conversation when I was reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Although it’s fictional the story is about the uestion at the heart of the anxiety Melinda and I saw that day how do you rebuild your life after prison?Our daughter Jenn recommended that we read this deeply moving story about how one incident of injustice reshapes the lives of a black couple in the South and eventually dooms their relationship Roy and Celestial are newlyweds living in Atlanta They seemed to have it all good careers a decent house and a lot of love for one another although their marriage wasn’t perfectThat all changes when Roy gets falsely accused of rape and sentenced to 12 years in prison Despite how radically this event changes their lives Jones doesn’t spend much time on it She devotes only five pages to Roy’s arrest and trial Her message is clear Roy is innocent Celestial knows it and neither fact matters He’s caught up in the system regardlessWhat Jones is interested in is how incarceration changes relationships About half of the book is letters exchanged between Roy and Celestial while he’s locked up Although they start out sweetly the letters become tense as time goes on Eventually Celestial stops writing to Roy altogether By the time he gets released from prison seven years early she’s moved on I promise this isn’t a spoiler It’s in the book’s jacket descriptionThere’s this mythical notion that you’ll wait forever for the person you love Penelope from the Odyssey is the classic example—she fights off potential suitors for 20 years waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from warIt’s a romantic idea but is it realistic? Jones doesn’t seem to think so We all like to imagine we’d be Penelope in that situation but I suspect many would end up like Celestial instead She writes to Roy “You may feel like you’re carrying a burden but I shoulder a load as well” Later she says “A marriage is than your heart it’s your life And we are not sharing ours”The fact that their marriage didn’t have a fairytale ending felt realistic Roy’s unjust incarceration—and the separation it caused—pushed on the seams that already existed in their relationship and eventually those seams broke Despite her decision to leave him Celestial is a sympathetic character You understand why she made her choice An American Marriage is fundamentally a story about how incarceration hurts than just the person locked up It’s also a reminder of how draconian our criminal justice system can be—especially for black men like Roy Once you get sucked into that system you’re marked for life Everything you were or had can disappear while you’re in prisonIn a letter to his lawyer Roy writes about how things have been difficult for Celestial but even difficult for him “I try to see her side of things but it’s hard to weep for anyone who is out in the world living their dream” he saysJones is such a good writer that you can’t help but empathize with Roy and Celestial Both have been put into a super difficult position I obviously haven’t experienced what they go through but the characters—and their reactions to the situation—ring true to meI wouldn’t say An American Marriage is a light easy read but it’s so well written that you’ll find yourself sucked into it despite the heavy subject matter If you’re looking for something thought provoking to read this winter you should add this one to your list

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L 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 re Update 2018 National Book Awards Fiction Another great choice pick this yearSMALL UPDATE I said I would come back and write a complete review but a few comments in here have inspired and encouraged me to perhaps leave this review alone So I’ll only add a couple of things Sharing First it’s funny what happens to our minds when we move on right away to reading other books after a deep thought provoking readIt’s like ADDING children to the family expanding our heart to love and think about each one differently but each so special Recently it’s been like a grand slam rocking hot reading explosion experienceIt started with “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Radishwhich I still think aboutAnd THIS book which I still think aboutand now two others “Fair and Tender Ladies” by Lee Smith and“The Gunners” by Rebecca Kauffman BOTH of these two books I’m currently reading are EACH SOO GOOD it’s a race to the finish line as to which I’ll finish first as I’m now so ‘deeply’ involved in ecstasy reading both books Listening to “The Gunners” during the day reading “Fair and Tender Ladies at night and middle of the nightMy mind is swimming with wonderful feelings and thoughts and experiences of great created characters from our books Little friends in our headSo there are MANY VARIED REVIEWS on“THE AMERICAN MARRIAGE”I’m only going to add one final thoughtOpinion really I honestly believe there is something of great value in this book for women men married or single black white any nationality all legal adult ages young 20’s on up I mentioned in my little review that this book is a great ‘ examination of marriageI ALSO think it’s a great discussion whether or not to MARRY or NOT in this day and age There is ‘something’ no spoilers to pay close attention to at the beginning of this book BEFORE MARRIAGEWe’ve ALL had those experiences where our gut is warning us — something doesn’t feel right our souls don’t feel secure safe—but then as thinking beings— we’ve intellectualized the situation and let it goonly later to kick ourselves for not taking the GUT MESSAGE serious There was a ‘red flag’ moment in this storythat I knew was going to come back to ‘haunt’ and it did My heart ached at that momentThe ending of this book is also powerful and in my opinion clearly sends a messageNot only had every character been broken— but culture conditions of injustice proved to be devastating too EVERYONE WAS AFFECTED FROM THE HORRIFIC INJUSTICEbut sadly facing reality—personal problems didn’t get swept under the rug Small problems didn’t get replaced with bigger ones Brene Brown talks about learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable “The American Marriage” plays out those type of dialogues of communication Characters were practicing being comfortable with very uncomfortable communication Truthful dialogue surfaced through letters Later face to faceOriginal little review Phenomenal intimate gut wrenching storytelling Every character has been wounded Their struggles are REAL Personally I had empathy for everyone— but I can understand if readers favor one character over another There are complex uncomfortable situations throughout I could imagine how each person felt from their point of view I felt those emotions tooThis novel is definitely a ‘discussion’ bookan examination of marriage what happens when horrific circumstances literally change the direction of life? EVERYONE IS AFFECTED EVERYONE reacts differently I’ve much admiration for the wisdom —the depths — of understanding that Jones has for all the many types of relationships we have in our lives I need to get some sleep I’ll continue the rest of this review tomorrow or over the weekend

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An American MarriageSume their life togetherThis stirring love story is a deeply 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 into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward with hope and pain into the futu I cannot for the life of me understand why people like this book If it weren’t for Oprah loving it I honestly do not think people would buy it There was no plot and it is the most boring book I’ve ever read Basically if you read the synopsis you’ve read all the “exciting” parts and know the entire plot It’s technically an easy read but boring overall I powered through to finish it since it has so many positive reviews with the hopes that it would suddenly turn around or have an amazing ending that would make it worth reading Major disappointment