An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
What’s it about?
Celestial and Roy are a young, black, upwardly mobile couple who are newly married and starting a life together. When Roy is mistakenly sent to prison their lives change forever.
What did it make me think about?
This book is about marriage, commitment, and family. It is also about the experience of being a black man in America. Ms. Jones story draws us all in by the universal truths she tells about relationships- but she also shares a viewpoint that many of us (by the color of our skin) can not be familiar with.
Should I read it?
I liked this book- but did not love this book. I can’t put my finger on why I didn’t just love it. I could understand where Celestial was coming from- but I did not always like her very much. Maybe this was my stumbling block. This book was timely, well written, and thought provoking. I would recommend it- it would be a good book club choice.
"Human emotion is beyond comprehension, smooth and uninterrupted, like an orb made of glass.”
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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
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on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!