Did your book club love An American Marriage? Did you chat the night away, dissecting Tayari Jones’ vivid, deeply human characters and the heartbreaking plot of this critically acclaimed novel? Us too. Luckily, there are more amazing books out there that are sure to keep your book club buzzing. Here are three books to check out if your book club loved An American Marriage.
In An American Marriage, Roy goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and finally gets released years later. Jesmyn Ward’s novel features a teenaged boy named Jojo who is preparing for his father, Michael, to get out of prison . Your club will find lots to discuss about race, the American South, and the impact that the criminal justice system can have on families.
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas
In An American Marriage, Celestial pursues the American Dream and owns a successful business. At the same time, she struggles with the unfair treatment she and her husband receive because of their race. Man Gone Down will give your book club more opportunities to talk about the American Dream and how poverty, abuse, and racism can make it nearly impossible to achieve.
Tayari Jones writes about a family unit that is thrown into turmoil by a wrongful conviction. In Anissa Gray’s novel, a group of three sisters is similarly devastated when one of their own is arrested, along with her husband. Your club will find lots to discuss after reading this powerful novel about family.