The author of Silver Sparrow returns with a stunning novel about race, loyalty, and love that endures. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. 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.
Through February 28, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription (or a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of An American Marriage*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!
“An American Marriage is a stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams. Skillfully crafted and beautifully written, An American Marriage is an exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable.”
– Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory
“I love An American Marriage, and I’m so excited for this book to be in the world. Tayari’s novel is timely, thoughtful, and beautifully written. Reading it, I found myself angry as hell, laughing out loud, choking up and cheering. A gem of a book.”
– Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn
Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). 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. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, Jones is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Author photograph © Nina Subin.
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We’re going to try to only read great books. We’ll fail sometimes. The books will often be hardcover, but not always. Occasionally they’ll be paperback originals. Some books we’ve featured in the book club include The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott, Abandon Me by Melissa Febos, Marlena by Julie Buntin, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. Upcoming writers include Terese Mailhot, Jesse Ball, Melissa Broder, Amy Fusselman, Nicole Chung, Idra Novey, and more.
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