Roy and Celestial are a young, successful African-American married couple living in Atlanta and contemplating starting a family. Then one day while visiting Roy’s parents in a small town in Louisiana, Roy is falsely accused of a horrific crime and their seemingly storybook life is changed forever. Tayari Jones takes a close look at the often grim reality of what it is like being black in America. This is a novel about race, class, criminal justice, marriage, friendship, and family. The flawed but nonetheless appealing characters take turns moving the story forward (often through letters) and the reader is completely pulled into the novel from the very beginning. This is not a courtroom drama or legal thriller but rather an intimate look at how quickly the lives of two people and that of their family and friends can change in an instant. This thought provoking and skillfully written novel is well worth the read.--Joni Roberts, Librarian
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