✨Review✨An American Marriage ~ Tayari Jones CW: wrongful

✨Review✨An American Marriage ~ Tayari Jones CW: wrongful

2/11/2021, 7:25:19 AM
✨Review✨An American Marriage ~ Tayari Jones CW: wrongful incarceration, rape Okay. I still don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s been about two weeks since I read it and it just makes me feel a bit weird when I think about it. I have massive mixed emotions. All credit to Tayari Jones, her writing is exquisite. There were some sentences that gave me the chills. But I think beyond that the plot and the execution of it after the first part fell flat. I also struggled with the perspective choice, I find when the narrator is written as if they’re talking to someone in this case it was the Roy perspective that was hard for me to follow. I’m also not a massive fan of plot driven novels, but this also didn’t have great characters. I don’t need characters to be perfect. I love complexity, ones that show they’re human, that have flaws and nuance. However I found towards the end of this though they became quite childish. I’m ever grateful for the epilogue though, otherwise I would’ve thrown my iPad out a window. It definitely was an interesting take on relationships when something life changing happens within them, and had some reflections on gender. And the way race plays into it as well, as the wrongful incarceration sets off this entire scenario. It also was thought provoking for the boundaries of what may count as cheating in said relationships. All of these things were expertly woven in with that brilliant writing style. Writing this review I’m still not sure about it, and in fact I’ve probably confused myself more. I’ve tagged some people who I was talking about it with as I was reading so check them out and see if you want to read it or not! And I don’t do stars normally but I’m taking a leaf out of @eazyreads book and going with an oddly specific 3.85 stars ✨

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