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‘The People Are the Real Power’: Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage Wins the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

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‘The People Are the Real Power’: Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage Wins the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

By Maiysha Kai via

There is grace, and then, there is the kind of grace that unconditional, enduring love requires; the kind of love Tayari Jones’ Celestial and Roy are struggling to keep alive in her celebrated novel, An American Marriage.

Already published in several countries and on pretty much every recommended reading list of 2018 (including Oprah’s, the Obamas’ and ours) Jones’ searing novel of black love just garnered the author another incredible honor: the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

To understand the significance of this particular win, the 23-year-old award, open to female English-language writers, garners …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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