An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Pittsburgh Book Club will meet to discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. The April Book Club will be held at the Shadyside apartment of Steve Shandor, AB'84, MBA'88. Contact Steve at steve.shandor@gmail.com to let him know you are coming. Location details will be sent after emailing Steve.


We hope to see you all there! Here is a brief description of the book: The fourth novel by Tayari Jones, An American Marriage tells the story of African-American newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, whose lives are shaken when Roy is arrested for a crime he did not commit.


After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.


This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling.


Tayari Jones (born November 30, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is currently a member of the English faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, and recently returned to her hometown after a decade in New York City.


“It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.”



“Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear. That has been true from her very first book, but with An American Marriage that vision, that strength and that truth-telling voice have found a new level of artistry and power.”

MICHAEL CHABON, author of Moonglow: A Novel


“An American Marriage asks hard questions about injustice and betrayal, and answers them with a heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody’s wrong and everybody’s wounded. Tayari Jones has written a complex and important novel about people trapped in a tragic situation, struggling to reconcile their responsibilities and desires.”

TOM PERROTTA, author of The Leftovers


Event Information

Cost: Complimentary
Contact Steve at steve.shandor@gmail.com to let him know you are coming. Location details will be sent after emailing Steve.


7:00PM - 8:30PM Tue 9 Apr 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Provided upon emailing steve.shandor@gmail.com

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Steve Shandor, AB'84, MBA'88