Wednesday, March 28, 2018

An American Marriage-A Book Review

I listened to this book with my Audible subscription on my phone app. I absolutely love Audible but I am thinking of dropping the subscription because I can get so many books with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and I don't really need two subscriptions. The Audible one is $14.95 a month. 

This book was narrated by Sean Crisden and Elisa Davis. Both had strong, rich African-American voices. (Is that still politically correct to call them African-Americans? To me they are just 'black' but I don't want to offend anyone in our easily offended culture we live in today).

This book is one of Oprah's Book Club selections, which I don't normally like to read, because she selects such dark books. An American Marriage was not really that dark.

The story starts out with a young, newlywed couple who are living the American dream. She is an artist and he is a rising young executive. They have had the normal tensions in the beginnings of married life. One night, while staying at a hotel, their door is kicked in by the police and Roy is arrested for the alleged rape of a fellow guest in the hotel. He is not guilty of the crime but he is found guilty and sent to prison. While he is in prison, his wife, Celestial, takes comfort in the arms of her childhood friend,Andre.

After five years, Roy's sentence is overturned and he is released from prison. While in prison he meets his real father and loses his mother in death. When coming out of prison he has to face the fact that his wife moved on even though she did not divorce him. 

The characters are well developed. Most of the story revolves around Roy, Celestial, and Andre and each chapter reflects the story from their point of view. The plot is a timely plot but doesn't really dwell on the facts of prison life. More about the feelings between the characters.

I was pleased with the ending. It left me happy for the characters.

I want to read other books by this author. I will give this book ****. I don't think I will forget their story. .  

10 comments:

  1. I heard good things about this book. Glad you liked it.

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  2. I want my book club (at the library) to read this over the summer.

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  3. Glad to know you enjoyed this story. I have audio cd version of it on hold at the library. It's on order and I'm #2.

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  4. I had a Jamaican friend when I lived in Delaware who took exception to the phrase "African-American" but recognized that it's the easy alternative. Now that I live overseas, that is really really wrong! Some people I meet here might be African-American, but one of our dearest friends here is actually Jamaican. He gets it all: African, African-American, Black, and just doesn't let it bug him.

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    1. I've often balked at the word African American because most of these black people have no connection to Africa. Just my opinion! of course!

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  5. I listen to all the books I read. I go through the library, it is free and they have an enormous selection of audible books. I will have to listen to this one. I am listening to "Hidden Figures" right now.

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    1. I need to go through my library too. But I haven't figured it out yet!

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