Oprah Winfrey reveals her next book club pick: ‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones
Jocelyn McClurg and Erin Jensen, USA TODAY
Feb. 6, 2018
Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday announced her latest book club selection: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
The novel, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, is “intriguing,” Winfrey said, making the announcement on CBS This Morning.
In An American Marriage, newlyweds Celestial and Roy, professional African-Americans who live in Atlanta, find their lives shattered when Roy is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is incarcerated.
Appearing on CBS This Morning, Jones, whose previous novels include Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta, said she got the idea for the novel from watching a couple arguing in an Atlanta mall.
“I was trying to write a novel. I wanted to write a novel that was more timely, dealing with the issues of the day, but I couldn’t find the people for the story,” Jones told the morning show hosts. “I went to the mall, and I saw a couple. They were obviously in love and in trouble.”
“She was so put together. He just looked like he had had a long day, perhaps even a long life even though they were the same age,” she continued, adding that what inspired her story was the woman’s comment. “She said, ‘Roy you know you wouldn’t have waited on me for seven years.’ And I was intrigued because I didn’t know Roy, but I felt fairly confident that he wouldn’t wait on her for seven years, but he said, ‘What are you talking about? This wouldn’t have happened to you in the first place.'”