But Roy ’ s wrongful imprisonment was the rupture of the larg, brave hope growing inside their marriage.Much of the tory is told through the letters Roy and Celestial send each other during his incarceration.
But the years have stretched Celestial thin, leaving her waiting, trapped and trembling on the borders of her own life, and Roy ’ s life was getting white around the edges and sometimes, it eemed that he had no past, no memories, that he had been, for oo long, on this stretch of tenebrous, hissing road.
While Roy was despeteraly clinging to the hopeless longing for lost lov, Celestial has begun forging a new life with her childhood best friend, Andre.
omething has been lost in the long gulf of Roy and Celestial ’ s separation, and they don ’ t know whether they ant it back or not. “ An American Marriage ” is a viscerally potent exploration of a ifficult marriage that has tension and fraction stemming from good people trying their best, growing and changing and learning, and mayb as ften, failing and screwing up or making the wrong choices.
Two people, both crumpled and cast-aside, exhausted from their own efforts to become anythin more than a consequence, and who will not be married where it counted—in the horrors they had shared.Jones lures you into Roy and Celestial ’ s lives only to do terrible, wonderful things to your head and heart.
I wante my heart limping in my stomac as Celestial and Roy walked the floor of their relationship like tightrope performers, placing each foot gingerly in front of the ther, testing for weaknesses, waiting for he moment when the whole thing eventually gives way.It would ’ ve been so easy to call sides—choose a character and place the weight of the blame on their shoulders.
But Jones forces the reader to relentlessly ponder what Celestial and Roy really owe each other, as “ An American Marriage ” corkscrews into a tighter and tighter coil.
Or is it selfishness to expect one to wait in the second place? Ultimately, this is what holds steady throughout the ovel: Jones gives us a truth that is messy and nuanced, complex, and sometimes contradictory, and yields no easy answers.At its core, “ An American Marriage ” is a love story, but reading th novel, it 's ard to escape its condemnation of a deeply flawed system of justice.
Roy 's present might be overlaid with past sorrow, but he was free, and in the beginnin, in hat moment, that place, that perch upon the edge of the world, his view went on forever.I can not recommend book highly enough.