An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Celestial and Roy were on their way to fulfilling their dreams. Marriage, financial stability, and maybe the possibility of a baby in the not too distant future. Yet those dreams are ripped from them when Roy is falsely accused (and subsequently convicted) of rape. Celestial knows Roy is innocent, but a 12-year sentence is not something that can be taken lightly. As the months pass by, the joyous marriage slowly erodes until Celestial stops writing to Roy altogether and turns to the arms of her lifelong friend - Andre. When Roy is miraculously released after his conviction is overturned five years into his sentence, each character must deal with the realities that life has dealt and figure out how to move on.
I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. Given the circumstances of their situations, the characters seemed cold and unsympathetic and their tale, though filled with truth, was not as engaging as I'd hoped.
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