2018 National Book Award Longlist, Fiction

Tayari Jones

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage
(Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)
ISBN: 9781616201340

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

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 twelve 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. 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 resume their life together.

About the Author

Tayari Jones is the New York Times–bestselling author of the novels Silver SparrowThe Untelling, Leaving Atlanta, and An American Marriage. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University.


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