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An American Marriage: Book Club Questions

An American Marriage: Book Club Questions

I can’t believe it’s already time to announce the 3rd book selection for our Virtual Book Club.

Our Next Virtual Book Club Selection is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Pages: 320

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Get a copy of An American Marriage here on Amazon.

Why We Selected 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.

Thirdly, while this book has been receiving excellent reviews, I know that most of you have not had a chance to read this newly released novel yet. I’m hopeful that many of you will get a chance to participate in our discussion.

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Check out my free downloadable Book Club Questions for “An American Marriage” at the end of this post!

Find all our Virtual Book Club picks here.

Looking to support local independent bookstores? Find out how here on and also get my list of book club picks so far.

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.”

How to Participate in our Virtual Book Club Discussions

1. Join our Facebook Group

2. RSVP to the Event

If you’re already a member of our group, you’ll automatically get invited to events.

It’s important to RSVP, even if you’re a maybe. You will get a reminder before the event. You can even add the Event to your calendar.

The discussion will take place inside the Event, within the discussion section.

3. What happens if I miss the Event? 

The Event will have a start and stop time but you can still pop in at any time, even months later, to discuss. 

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Participate in the Book Club, Plus a Chance to Win Prizes

Once you join our Facebook Group, read the rules on how to participate in the Virtual Book Club. We will award points for participation. With these points, you will be entered into a lottery where you can win (1) the next book club pick or an Amazon gift card for equivalent value or (2) a mystery prize inspired by something in the book, up to a $100 value.


Don’t want to join us virtually? Use these questions with your own Book Club! You can find all Virtual Book Club questions in our free resource library.


Please note that all book club discussions now take place directly in the events section of our private Facebook Group (My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club) and no longer on the Facebook Page.

We discussed some tough topics and answered some difficult questions. If you couldn’t make it to the Virtual Book Club meeting, I’ve provided a transcript below. Click on the blue Facebook icon in the corner to check out our discussion. Please add your own thoughts to keep the discussion going.

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Rachel weiss

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Did Celestial truly abandon Roy?

Marian Patten

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?

Barbara Cohen-Presser

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?

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