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February 2019

Book Clubs: February 2019

STARRED REVIEW

Book Clubs: February 2019

February 2019
STARRED REVIEW
February 2019

Book Clubs: February 2019

February 2019
STARRED REVIEW
February 2019

Book Clubs: February 2019

STARRED REVIEW
February 2019

Book Clubs: February 2019

February 2019

Book Clubs: February 2019

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Top Pick: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2018, Tayari Jones’ electrifying fourth novel, An American Marriage, tells the story of Roy and Celestial, a newly married couple whose future looks bright. Celestial is an up-and-coming artist and Roy is a business executive, but their lives are shattered when the couple travels to Roy’s hometown in Louisiana, where he’s wrongfully accused of a terrible crime and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Jones presents a poignant portrait of the once-optimistic couple and the injustices they face as husband and wife during Roy’s incarceration. When he’s released after serving almost half his sentence, the pair struggles to resume their lives and regain a sense of normalcy. Told in part through the letters Roy and Celestial exchange while he’s imprisoned, Jones’ skillfully constructed narrative feels all too timely. It’s at once a powerful portrayal of marriage and a shrewd exploration of America’s justice system. 


The Girls in the Picture
by Melanie Benjamin

This richly atmospheric novel follows the friendship between silent-era screen queen Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion as they carve out careers in an industry dominated by men.


Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
by Catherine Kerrison

Historian Kerrison uncovers the fascinating lives of Martha and Maria, Thomas Jefferson’s daughters with Martha Wayles Skelton, as well as Harriet, his daughter with Sally Hemings who forges a life for herself outside the bonds of slavery. 


Three Daughters of Eve
by Elif Shafak

Shafak explores feminism, politics and religion in modern Istanbul through this complex portrait of Peri, an affluent wife and mother.


Heads of the Colored People
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, these shrewdly observed, expertly crafted stories of the African-American experience signal the arrival of an important writer.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2019 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

Jefferson’s Daughters
By Catherine Kerrison
Ballantine

ISBN 9781101886243

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones
Algonquin
ISBN 9781616201340
The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture

By Melanie Benjamin
Bantam
ISBN 9781101886823
Jefferson’s Daughters

Jefferson’s Daughters

By Catherine Kerrison
Ballantine
ISBN 9781101886243
Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

By Elif Shafak
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781632869951
Heads of the Colored People

Heads of the Colored People

By Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Atria
ISBN 9781501168000

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