Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage is shaping up to be one of the winningest books of 2018.
In the Women’s Prize announcement, Kate Williams, chair of this year’s judging panel, called An American Marriage “an exquisitely intimate portrait of a marriage shattered by racial injustice. It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas — that shines a light on today’s America.”
In An American Marriage, an African-American couple struggles to maintain a strong relationship as the husband is serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. Tayari Jones was recently awarded the Aspen Words Award, and is currently nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize or Fiction, the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction, and the NAACP Image Award for Fiction. An American Marriage was praised by President Barack Obama who recommended it in his annual summer books list and Oprah Winfrey, who added it to her popular book club.
I had a signed copy that I gave away on our Facebook page last year. Now I kind of wish I had kept it.