Online Book Club: An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

Online Book Club: An American Marriage - Tayari Jones


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Group: 30 Persons

Every month we'll be hosting an online book club where readers can meet to discuss our book of the month. Want to share your love of reading with like-minded women? Then this is the event for you! In April we'll be reading: An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 and adored by Barack Obama no less!

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day 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.

Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.

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A welcome to the very first House 21 Online Book Club.


Initial Thoughts

Did we enjoy it? Yes, no, kind of...


Question 1

What do we feel makes the novel specifically American?


Question 2

Are the expectations put upon Celestial as a woman by her family relatable to you?


Question 3

Whose perspective did you most enjoy - Celestial's, Roy's or Andre's?


Question 4

How does love affect the characters’ decisions in this novel?

Our Hosts & Speakers


Melanie Owen

Event Host

Melanie is a House 21 host who can usually be found running her marketing business, horse riding, playing piano or reading.