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  • Columbus Museum of Art 480 East Broad Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

Please note: This event takes place at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

About the Event

Thurber House is pleased to present award-winning author Tayari Jones in partnership with Denison University.

An American Marriage was a 2018 selection for Oprah’s Book Club; a 2018 best book of the year selection for NPR, Time, Bustle, O: The Oprah Magazine, and; winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction; winner of the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction; and long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction.

“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy embody the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into their life together, Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, Celestial finds comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. She is unable to hold on to her love for Roy that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

An American Marriage is a profound look into the souls of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control, and who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels: An American Marriage, Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. She lives in Atlanta, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

This event will conclude with a book signing and the opportunity to meet Tayari Jones.

Regular Admission: $26.25

Seating is open seating—first come, first serve. All tickets are non-refundable.

Columbus Arts and Culture Fee

As of July 1, 2019: Included in the total ticket price is a 5% arts and culture fee as required by the City of Columbus (this excludes tickets for events occurring outside the City of Columbus). The arts and culture fee provides public funds to support artists and arts/cultural organizations like Thurber House that educate and engage audiences of all ages. Click here for more information.