An American Marriage Review

Hi lovelies. Today’s blog post will be a book review on An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I hope all of you pick up this book. Have an awesome day!


Genre: Fiction

Format: Audiobook

Length: 9 hours and 1 minute

Synopsis (From Goodreads) 

Named an Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

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.



  • The two narrators were AMAZING! 
  • The characters were awesome, flawed, real and beautiful. 
  • The story was compelling and real.
  • The story centres around a African American couple in the South which I appreciated the representation. 
  • It made me think so much about us as humans days after I finished it. 
  • The author wrote about a realistic marriage that has high highs and low lows. 
  • I did not expect the ending. I thought the story would be headed in a different direction. I loved the ending. It was realistic. 
  • This will definitely be in my top books of 2018. 


  • None. Absolutely perfect 


Characters – 5 stars 

Writing – 5 stars 

Pacing – 5 stars

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 5 stars 

I would 100% recommend this book.

“But home isn’t where you land; home is where you launch. You can’t pick your home any more than you can choose your family. In poker, you get five cards. Three of them you can swap out, but two are yours to keep: family and native land.” 

― Tayari Jones, An American Marriage


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