Thurber House Special Event: Tayari Jones


7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 464-1032

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Thurber House is pleased to present Tayari Jones, award-winning author of An American Marriage, in partnership with Denison University. This event will conclude with a book signing.

About the Book and Author
An American Marriage was a 2018 selection for Oprah’s Book Club; a 2018 best book of the year selection for NPR, Time, Bustle, O: The Oprah Magazine, and; and winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy embody the American Dream and the New South. As they settle into their life together, Roy is suddenly arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, Celestial struggles to hold on to her love. After five years, Roy’s conviction is overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. An American Marriage is a profound look into the souls of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control, and who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.