The winner for the 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, which used to be the ORANGE PRIZE is AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones.
I was hoping for THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS by Pat Barker to win, but I have read this novel and it is a good book. I believe that it was one of Oprah Winfrey's book choices.
Here is a synopsis -
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day 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.
Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.
A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
Congratulations to Tayari Jones.