“Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it is gone, nothing is whole again. Before I met you, I was not lonely, but now I’m so lonely I talk to the walls and sing to the ceiling.”- from An American Marriage
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones isn’t just a love story. It’s an inside glance of the difference between what we want love and marriage to be and what love and marriage actually is.
The story starts off by introducing newlyweds Roy and Celestial. As with any newlywed couple starting out, they’re trying to find their footing on the road of matrimony. Suddenly, Roy is ripped away from Celestial, being accused of a crime she knows he didn’t commit. After being sentenced to twelve years, Celestial and Roy both struggle with what lies ahead regarding their future.
I enjoyed curling up with such a dynamically written book. The way Jones designates a chapter to each of the main characters allows the reader to feel like their inside the head of that character.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to marriage and with each couple they should be allowed to choose what works best for them. I recommend An American Marriage to anyone looking for something outside of the box.