Novel Probes a Marriage and Wrongful Conviction

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Award-winning author Tayari Jones discusses her new novel An American Marriage. It tells the story of newlyweds Celestial and Roy. Just as they are beginning their life together, Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Tayari Jones will be in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald of Buzzfeed at the New York Public Library (475 5th Ave, Manhattan) on February 7th at 6:30 pm. Jones will give a reading at Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn) on February 8th at 7:30 pm.

This segment is guest hosted by Rebecca Carroll.

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