#BookReview by Lauren Reed: An American Marriage

photo Lauren Reed

I think I might be the last person on #bookstagram to read AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, but the buzz we all heard in early 2018 is true. (Plus, it was one of Pres. Obama’s top 2018 reads and I just had to give it a go!)

This is a love story that will break your heart; one that can be blamed on many things, but most of all, on a life stolen by the U.S. Government. 
Though “An American Marriage” is a work of fiction, the realities of being a #POC and either wrongly accused or unfairly sentenced, lead me to believe that the story line is representative of another sad statistic of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Through the three perspectives of Roy (wrongly accused and imprisoned), his wife, Celestial, an artist from an affluent family and wife of 1 1/2 years, and finally their life long friend, Andre, we get a unique look at the devastating effects of incarceration on a family. Roy’s Father-in-Law in speaking to his daughter’s new boyfriend says best how the tragedy cannot be blamed on one person, but instead on society. “I have one thing to say to you, as a black man: Roy is a hostage of the state. He is a victim of America.”

I’ve heard the ending was somewhat unpopular, but I found it a believable reality. People either grow together or they grow apart, and most are doing the best they can with what they’ve been given.

This is a beautifully written story of love, family, expectation and heartache, but it is so much more. 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Shout out to @chslibfriends where I got this beautiful hardcover for $5! 😃

~ Lauren Reed is a member of the Charleston Friends of the Library. Follow her personal Instagram account here.