Author: Tayari Jones
Review: Roy and Celestial's marriage is tested when he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Celestial knows he's innocent but separation takes a toll nonetheless. A good portion of the novel is written in epistolary form while Roy is incarcerated and it absolutely worked here. I could really feel Roy's desperation for Celestial while Celestial was pulling away from Roy. The situation was heartbreaking, unfair and devastating for both Roy and Celestial. That being said, while I felt for their circumstances, I didn't particularly care for either of them as characters. When Roy is released from prison, the plot continually reminded me of the love triangles (or sorts) in the movies Pearl Harbor and Castaway. And since I wasn't overly invested in Roy or Celeste as people, the book dragged towards the end.
Overall, I liked this. Jones really shined in the epistolary section and did a fantastic job with supporting characters. I absolutely loved Roy's father and Celestial's father.