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Stratford library to host discussion of ‘An American Marriage’

February 20, 2019

STRATFORD — The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues its 2019 winter series with a discussion of Tayari Jones’ acclaimed novel, An American Marriage, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon.

The program, held in conjunction with the nationwide celebration of “Black History Month”, is hosted by Stratford educator and author Kathleen Faggella, is free and open to the public.

A New York Times and Washington Post notable book as well as an Oprah’s Book Club selection, An American Marriage introduces African-American newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the embodiment of both 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 the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love 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.

“Books Over Coffee” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at noon on Feb. 27. Readers are invited to bring a bag lunch to the program and coffee and tea is also served. Limited reading copies of An American Marriage are available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. All “Books Over Coffee” titles are available at the Library or on Kindle eReaders for loan. Patrons can also download the ebook or eaudiobook through the OverDrive app at the Library. The list of 2019 “Books Over Coffee” selections is currently available at the Library.

For further information, call the Library’s Programs and Public Relation Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.