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 12 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.
Tayari Jones’s just-released fourth novel, American Marriage, is officially an Oprah's Book Club selection.
The story of a modern-day couple torn apart by the husband’s wrongful conviction and subsequent prison sentence, American Marriage is a tale of our time which covers important themes such as race politics and fidelity.
A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Jones has also previously won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.