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An American Marriage: A Novel

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Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis

9 Hours 1 Minutes

HighBridge Company

February 2018

Audio Book Summary

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward-with hope and pain-into the future.

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  • Toni B.

    Beautifully written. Ohhhh, so beautiful. The imagery Tayari creates with words. Simple, crisp, clear, true. Each character is so well crafted they could have their own books, too. Silver Sparrow was one heck of a story. Like good southern soul food cooking, Tayari put her foot in this and wiggled her toes. Yes, this book is a must read.

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  • April G

    I loved this story and the realness of the plot. The narrators were engaging, bringing the characters to life. I couldn’t stop listening, wanting to hear the outcome of this American Marriage.

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  • Daniel W.

    Long, overly drawn out saga about something that simply wasn’t very interesting. No Intrigue, a very simple story. The characters were reasonably well developed, but that doesn’t make a good story. Was like listening to someone who talks way too much, usually about self.

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  • Amy L

    Wasn’t crazy about this book. Pretty predictable story line and outcome. As it went on, the narration of Celestial was like nails on a chalk board for me, just her whinny voice that seemed to drag on.

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  • Kimberly J

    At first I thought the letter writing back and forth was going to be a nuisance, but ended up loving the format. What a tale of horrible luck, imperfection, and love. Rated the narration as a 4 only because his voice trailed off and became hard to hear at the end of some sentences, frequently enough to be annoying.

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  • Patricia V.

    am not a fan of tho book. I really disliked the characters in the book. With the exception of big Roy, the characters in the book lacked character. Roy Jr was always really slimy, even before his conviction, he cheated and ceslestial behaved like a child not a women with a back bone. Andre has no spine and Davinah no self respect. I really would not want to be friends with any of these people they are all self indulgent and manipulative! The male narrator was really good at capturing Roy’s sliminess which is why I don’t like him. I want to shower after listening to this book. Very unlikable people

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  • Anonymous

    The character of Roy's narration was annoying to me, while I liked the others, especially Big Roy. I think there was a lot of unnecessary info and POV included, to the extent that I began losing focus. I agree with another's post that Roy was slimy to begin with and it was difficult to cheer him on. For example, the fact that he thought it was perfectly acceptable to gather women's numbers when he was a married man, and acted like his wife should not have a problem with it. It was disappointing that his wife didn't think any more of herself than to accept it either. I also found the title to be off. Not sure who thought it was the best choice.

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  • Kimberly M.

    Read this for book club. The others liked it but agreed the main character, Celestial, was annoying and spoiled AF. I couldn’t get past that enough to enjoy the book.

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  • Danielle D.

    Surprisingly, I enjoyed the book. I usually don't like relationship/love stories. I have been seeing this book for awhile. I read what it was about and felt like a story of another black man behind bars was too heavy for me to take on. I gave the story a chance and found myself easily drawn into the story and the characters. I felt like I knew the characters. I love the symbolism of the dolls, the keys, his tooth... The story was very believable.

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  • Michael T.

    It would have been a better listen, if the a woman would have read the woman’s part. Didn’t like it when the guy was doing the female part. Another than that, it was okay.

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