An American Marriage is an interesting novel. Part of it is told in the third person; other parts are told in the first person in an epistolary form (i.e. letters). It tells the story of a middle-class black couple named Roy and Celestial. The two live in Atlanta, Georgia and lead a reasonably normal and happy life. However, Ray is wrongfully convicted of rape. The two must work through Ray's conviction and time in prison and their relationship.
Critics and general readers alike absolutely adored the novel. Stephanie Powell Watts of The New York Times loved the novel, calling it "wise" and "compassionate." Alex Clark of The Guardian also really liked the book. She called the book "engrossing," "immensely readable," and "a worthy award winner." An American Marriage was also named an Oprah Book Club Book, something that was certainly helpful in marketing the novel and selling books. One reviewer described it as "The Great American Novel" and won the 2019 "Women's Prize for Fiction."