Oprah's Book Club Announces Newest Selection AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE By Tayari Jones
Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine announced today the newest Oprah's Book Club selection, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. An American Marriage centers around a recently married young African American couple living the dream of the New South in Atlanta, Georgia, and tackles themes of race, loyalty, resilience and love. Additionally, Harpo Films is attached to produce the adaptation of An American Marriage.
"Every author fantasizes about being chosen for Oprah's Book Club, I know I did," said Tayari Jones. "Through her selections, I discovered so many books that expanded my heart and challenged my mind. To be selected for this list is not just an honor, it's a responsibility to join Ms. Winfrey in her work to connect readers to books, and to connect readers to each other. I can't wait to heed this call."
The cross-platform book club selection kicks-off with Oprah's interview with Tayari Jones in THE MARCH issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (on newsstands February 13). Oprah.com will feature the interview with Tayari Jones, a reading guide and select quotes from An American Marriage. Amazon.Com will feature a special video message from Oprah discussing her inspiration for selecting An American Marriage as her latest book club pick. To start reading a free sample of the Kindle book, customers can visit: Amazon.com/kindle-anamericanmarriage.
An American Marriage is available for purchase on Amazon.com/oprahsbookclub, on Audible and wherever books are sold nationwide.
An American Marriage: Celestial and Roy, a recently married African American couple living the dream of the New South that Atlanta offers, seem to have it all. He is an ambitious executive on the rise, she is an artist on the verge of a promising career. But, their lives are turned upside down when Roy is arrested for a crime he did not commit and sentenced to twelve years in prison. While Roy is incarcerated, Celestial, blindsided and unmoored, takes comfort in the company of Andre, a childhood friend and Roy's best man at their wedding. When Roy is released, the future prospects of the couple's life together have been compromised, perhaps irreparably.<
Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers University in Newark and lives in Brooklyn. She is the Bennett Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV for the current academic year.
In June 2012, Oprah Winfrey reintroduced her popular book club as an interactive, multi-platform reading club that harnesses the power of social media, bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories. After being selected as the club's inaugural book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf) returned to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list and spent six consecutive weeks at #1. Other selections include The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking), Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth), The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Knopf), UNDERGROUND Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton and Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.
Photo Credit: Victoria Will, Harpo Inc.