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“It is among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.”
Critically acclaimed and award-winning novelist Tayari Jones provides a masterpiece of storytelling, asking brave questions about race and class in her instant bestseller and 2018 Oprah Book Club selection An American Marriage.
Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016.
In An American Marriage, 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. 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.
More about Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones’ Website
Morning Edition, February 2018
‘An American Marriage’ Came Together After A Trip To The Mall
New York Times Book Review, February 2018
A Marriage Upended, a Life Destroyed
Oprah’s New Book Club: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.”
Join us in the Music Hall Foyer after the lecture to get your book signed or personalized. Classic Lines will have books for sale.