An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Roy and Celestial are newlyweds when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and given a lengthy prison sentence. As Celestial faces a life alone and Roy faces a life in prison, they discover the power of love, and its limits.

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336 pages

Average rating: 7.16

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Jmaybay
Mar 08, 2024
4/10 stars
"𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒆 & 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆." 𝔸𝕟 𝔸𝕞𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕘𝕖 - Tᴀʏᴀᴿɪ Jᴏɴᴇ ⭐ ( 🤷🏾‍♀️ / 10 ) I really don't know This is a first. This one. Hm. I really don't know. This one kind of put me in a pickle. It took me THEE longest to read/listen to. This was a pickle because I feel like I kept trying to read mor...read more
Tonya M
Jan 25, 2024
Really important book as it illustrates social injustices and black love and relationships.
Rhorho
Jan 13, 2024
7/10 stars
It was a good book ! It makes you think about how life is so different for people when they are out of prison for so many years . I was hoping that Celestial had some character development but for some reason she grew more selfish and annoying to me . I enjoyed the story !
BookClubAddict
Dec 11, 2023
7/10 stars
Good story. Very sad. Unfortunately this could be (IS) a true story in America. I am from Atlanta and liked the references to the city and the people. It is a hard look at racial inequalities in our justice system and prisons. Definitely made me think about the families and people that are incarcerated -- some injustly -- and what it does to their families. Will definitely seek out other books by this author.
JShrestha
Oct 27, 2023
8/10 stars
The feelings that surround the love story and marriage of Roy and Celestial is a inner conflict that resonates across so many backstories. At first, I was disappointed with the lack of depth of the narrations on the chapters as you got to hear the sides of Roy, Celestial and Andre but then I was really happy the author didn't drive my perspective and final thoughts. The emotions run high in all the characters as they try to ration their new reali...read more

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