Book Review: “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

american marriageWe all know a couple like Celestial and Roy. They can swing wildly between being sweet and affectionate with each other and then angry and hurtful, sometimes over the course of mere minutes. Nonetheless, they seem to be happy with their young marriage, that is until life comes along and breaks them apart. Unable to see each other, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. On the outside this seems like a simple enough story, and in a way it is, but it is also about so much more. The cause of their separation could technically happen to anyone, but it feels like a problem that is unique to Black Americans, as are the reactions of some of their family members. It can be an eye-opener for those who don’t necessarily understand the circumstances African-Americans face all too often, or how it affects the way they see their home country. The main themes though are of course more universal: love and family. What do those things mean? How do we know love when we see it? And is it necessarily enough? The story and its ending will likely satisfy and disappoint some readers in equal measure, but it will certainly leave everyone with a lot to think about in regards to both their own relationships and the world around them. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell

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