An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

This goes deep, what a powerful read. It has all the accuracy and sharpness of brilliant relationship dissection but set in a bigger context of terrible injustice and the burdens that creates. It is tender and dignified and beautifully told.

Extract

I could recite Andre’s speech like lines from a play, these words he and I determined had to be said. And wasn’t Gloria right when she said that telling this particular truth was a woman’s work? But I stood in the shade of my husband returned home, and I couldn’t bring myself to speak a single necessary word.

Parallels
  • Ordinary People by Diana Evans
  • Conviction by Julia Dahl
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Violence
Explicit sexual content