An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I loved every minute of this novel. It explores race relations through newlyweds and a wrongful conviction. It flicks between points of view, giving us an insight into the three main characters (Roy, Celestial and Andre) and it makes clever use of intimate letters between several characters. This reveals the heartache of the story in a way that straight-up prose could not.

Jones’ writing reminds me of a contemporary Toni Morrison although it seems a little reductive to compare her to another great black female writer. It’s cutting, difficult to read at times but there’s a slight touch of magic threaded through Celestial’s poupées, which all resemble her incarcerated husband.

I wholeheartedly recommend you get a copy of this book and put it high up your to-read list.

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