Roy takes the fast track from Eloe, Louisiana to the historically African-American Morehouse College, then begins a promising business career. Celestial, an independent Atlanta-born Spelman graduate, has found her artistic niche. The two meet through her boyhood friend Andre, marry, and seem happy, despite Celestial’s occasional doubts (“Marriage is like grafting a limb onto a tree trunk,” she muses). Eighteen months in, the marriage derails when Roy is falsely convicted and sentenced to 12 years in a Louisiana penitentiary. How can love be sustained when justice fails? That’s the question at the heart of Jones’s nuanced and evocative new novel. An American Marriage is a compelling exploration of the thorny conflicts that drive us apart and bind us, the distorting weight of racism, and how commitment looks across time – and generations.