Book Review of An American Marriage

An American Marriage
An American Marriage
Author: Tayari Jones
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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Well written. Story of an African American couple and their best friend. Husband ends up in jail for a crime he didn't commit and after 5 years he is released early when the conviction is overturned on appeal. This is their story - their first 18 months of marriage, his time in jail, and then after when he is released. You can tell early on that their marriage is far from perfect even in the beginning, and that she will end up with the best friend who was her childhood best friend and soul mate. Is a deep commitment and soul sharing more important than a short intense passion to make a marriage last? Even though I knew where the story was headed, which normally I would not like, I wanted to see how they got there and the process. Told from an African American perspective which I don't have a first hand knowledge of, but that didn't interfere with the story telling.