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Book Club Online - "An American Marriage"

We're meeting online: same time, virtual place. Register below (required)!  February is African American History month! 2021's theme of focus, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History® (ASALH), is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity (read more here), which makes it the perfect time for our rescheduled discussion of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. While this novel is not historical per se, it shares themes of family, identity, and social policy which makes it applicable for discussion in a historical and current context. Want to delve in further? For virtual events and more this month (and all year!), start with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture & History and ASALH's 2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival.  

Synopsis: An American Marriage was longlisted for the National Book Award and was an Oprah Book Club selection. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. It is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward--with hope and pain--into the future.

 

For detailed updates on book club information, subscribe to our Book Club email Newsletter! The Hooksett Library Book Club is currently meeting virtually. Book Club Online is open to GMILCS consortium cardholders in addition to Hooksett Library cardholders. Please note that, due to size restrictions, when we resume meeting in the library building (not currently) the group is now limited for new members to Hooksett Cardholders. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact us through our Live Chat Service, call 603-485-6092 or text 661-446-5378 (661-HOOKSET), or email us at <hplbooks@hooksettlibrary.org> for additional information. 

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