I typically read anywhere from 3 to 5 books per month.
I used to write about every book I read, but as I continued reading more and more, I realized some books, I just don’t have much to say about.
So I’ve switched to typically only writing about books that really caught my fancy.
An American Marriage definitely caught my fancy.
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. (via Goodreads)
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I knew by reading the synapse of this book it could either be really good or an epic fail. Luckily, it was undoubtedly the former. For starters, this book – much like one of my favorite books, Did You Ever Have a Family – doesn’t have a real bad guy. Several bad things happen, but I found myself feeling empathetic for each of the main characters – much like another book I really enjoyed The Light Between Oceans. The love triangle, the culture, and the African American protagonists all resembled that of The Mothers – yet another phonemonal book.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story line, but I thought Celeste and Roy were both really well developed protagonists. Roy was a good man who had made all of the right moves in life yet still ended up in a bad situation, by no fault of himself. It definitely caused me to think about how unfair our justice system can be, and what I would do if I was in Roy or Celeste’s position.
As the story progressed I became more and more conflicted over how I wanted it to end, or even how I thought it was going to end. That being said, I think the author did a great job with the ending.
Just read this book. Please.