'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.
A Book of the Year according the i, Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Mail
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
'A marvellous feat of storytelling.' Guardian
'If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.' Sunday Times Style
'Haunting...beautifully written.' New York Times Book Review
'It's among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.' Oprah Winfrey
'The end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more – a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them.' The Times
'Jones sheds a haunting light on the all-encompassing nature of racial injustice.' Daily Mail, Best Summer Reads
'Loyalty, duty, family, secrets and anger are gently, yet powerfully woven through every page...the reader is given a sense of intimacy that is a rare gift from an author.' Naga Munchetty, 2016 judge of the Women's Prize for Fiction
'A magnificent, painful story of love and justice.' Sainsbury's Magazine, Book Club Choice
'It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas that shines a light on today's America... The prose is luminous, striking and utterly moving.' Prof. Kate Williams, Chair of Judges, The Women's Prize for Fiction
'Jones writes brilliantly about expectations and loss and racial injustice, and how love must evolve when our best laid plans go awry.' Esquire
'Exquisitely written… Powerful.’ Evening Standard
'[An] incredible love story... Jones's prose is chock-full of lyricism, grace and wisdom. You will never forget the story of Celestial and Roy.' Observer
- Winner of Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 (UK)
- Short-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2020
- Long-listed for Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019 (United States)
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 23mm