By Tayari Jones
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Why I Read An American Marriage
I first learned about this book prior to its release and immediately decided that it would make a great book club selection. Leave it to Oprah to steal my idea for her book club. Hmph!
The gold, the blue, and the beautiful tree featured on the cover drew me in initially.
But I chose this book for several other reasons. Part of it has to do with my fascination with the wrongly accused. I could not get enough of the Netflix series Making of a Murderer and still follow along for updates. In law school, I regrettably missed out on the opportunity to join the Innocence Project, wherein a group of students worked with DNA evidence, newly available at the time, to review and attempt to reverse cases of those wrongfully accused.
Also, after reading Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, I really wanted to read a book told from the perspective of an African American woman writer. Tayari Jones is an award-winning novelist who somehow has slipped under my radar.
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What is An American Marriage About?
In this book, a couple, newly married tests the strengths of marriage, when the husband wrongfully sent to prison, returns five years later returns as an innocent man. It’s an “intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.”
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BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE
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AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
We discussed some tough topics and answered some difficult questions. If you couldn’t make it to the book club meeting, I’ve provided a transcript below.
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Wednesday 25th of April 2018
Did Celestial truly abandon Roy?
Wednesday 25th of April 2018
Is it fair that the woman that wrongly accused Roy and cause him to loose those years is never brought to justice?
Tuesday 24th of April 2018
How do we walk the fine line of justice for the victim and justice for the accused when there are no witnesses and the accused has a verified alibi?
Friday 20th of April 2018
Question: throughout the book, the story was told through the voices of Cesterial, Roy an Andre. Did you like this point of view? Was it effective in bringing the characters of An American Marriage to life?