by Tayari Jones
I started this book immediately after finishing Call Me Zebra. They are both, at heart, stories of exile, but their very different experiences are reflected in their characters. Zebra is arrogant, angry and loud in her exile. Jones’ characters are resigned and quiet in theirs. In An American Marriage, the insecurity of black lives is a given, not a disruption. Through the story of one couple fractured by a system in which a black man can be both innocent and imprisoned, Jones explores ideas of justice, loyalty, and commitment. It’s beautifully written; heartbreaking and true.