An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The institution of marriage seems to be the hot topic these days as far as novels are concerned. The institution which calls for absolute physical, emotional and sexual commitment for life seldom lives up to the promises forged while taking the wedding vows. A case in the point is the story of Celestial and Roy. The two have recently tied the nuptial knot and are on the threshold of starting their domestic life. While Roy is working as an executive, Celestial is a budding artist. They are looking forward to their future together when tragedy strikes. Roy is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. Celestial also knows the truth about his innocence. Though Celestial is a strong girl and gathers herself up after the series of unfortunate incidents, she seeks emotional solace in her childhood friend, Andre. Time moves on and Celestial gets used to Roy’s absence from her life and gradually he ceases to exist in her heart as well. Slowly, she starts forgetting Roy. But life is unpredictable. Unexpectedly, Roy is freed after a period of five years. He returns and naturally wishes to resume his life with Celestial. But the equation has changed and both Roy and Celestial find themselves living as strangers under the same roof.