💍 Wow. Just wow. I’m not even sure where to start with my review of An American Marriage. Perhaps with the subplot that frightfully mirrors current tensions and injustices in our country. Or with the realistic portrayal of love, loss and devotion. Or how EVERYONE can relate to main characters Roy and Celestial. Because we ALL, in some way, have had our relationships tested and have been forced to make an impossible decision.
💔 Roy and Celestial’s relationship started the way most relationships do. A chance meeting. A gravitational pull. And a hard fall (literally and figuratively). Also like typical relationships, theirs was tested. Their test came when Roy was wrongfully accused and convicted of rape. As Roy begins his jail sentence, they vow that they will stand by each other and fight for what they have. You follow Roy and Celestial over the years and watch the struggles, the love, the heartache, the uncertainty, and the devotion. You are immersed in their lives, feeling every personal moment along with them. You are forced to reflect and ask yourself- Just how hard would I fight to save my marriage and the promises that we made?
💍 It’s been a week since I finished the book and Celestial and Roy are still on my mind. Despite my visceral response of sheer annoyance at certain characters (ummm, Andre anyone???), I truly was invested in them all. They show us that sometimes you have to sacrifice your own happiness to provide happiness for someone else. Conversely, sometimes the cost for attaining your own happiness is hurting someone that you love. What struck me is how HONEST and REAL this story was. Life is not always thrilling. It’s certainly not a fairy tale. It’s painful and wonderful and everything rolled into one. An American Marriage reminds all of us that sometimes our master plan is just that. A plan. Our lives take unexpected twists, can bring on a myriad of emotions and lead to the unexpected. All we can do is the very best for ourselves and those that we love.