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Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) discusses her newest novel, which examines the forced separation of a married couple, when being black leads to wrongful conviction and incarceration, and how love responds. In conversation with Lisa Lucas.
Why should you attend?
“Jones makes a series of daring creative choices in this, her fourth novel. ‘An American Marriage’ isn’t a story in which our racist system of justice is the dramatic focus of the plot; that system is simply the toxic landscape these characters inhabit.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story. Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Tayari Jones displays tremendous writing prowess with An American Marriage, an enchanting novel that succeeds at every level…There are rarely novels as timely or fitting as An American Marriage. It brings abstract ideas about race and love down to the material level. The story is gripping, and the characters are unforgettable.” —Foreword Reviews