By Cara Luddy, Communications Assistant at Central Library
On August 11 at 5 p.m., Friends of the Central Library will present a virtual lecture with acclaimed novelist Tayari Jones. Jones is the final author in the 2019-2020 Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series. To purchase tickets for this online event, visit www.foclsyracuse.org.
Jones’ 2018 novel, “An American Marriage” was an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and made the cut for Barack Obama’s summer reading list and his favorite books of the year. It also won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Aspen Words Prize, and an NAACP Image Award.
Check out books by Tayari Jones by visiting www.onlib.org or calling (315) 435-1900.
“An American Marriage”
Roy and Celestial are young, successful, and making plans for the future. On a trip to visit family, everything changes when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Celestial does her best to support her husband, but seeks comfort in Andre, her longtime friend. When Roy is released early from prison after being proved innocent, the couple must pick up the pieces of a shattered life together.
James Witherspoon has two families, the public one and the secret one. Dana, the daughter in his secret marriage, grows up knowing that she and her mother came second. She is aware of her half-sister Chaurisse and envies the easy comfort that her father seems to afford his first family. When the two girls become friends, James’ carefully planned separation of his two families threatens to come undone.
25-year-old Aria is still haunted by the tragic death of her father and baby sister in a car accident 15 years earlier. After she finds out that she has entered early menopause and cannot have her own children, Aria struggles to tell her boyfriend the truth, afraid of upsetting the stability she has craved so desperately.