This important addresses , mass , experiencing while and the toll it takes not only on the falsely accused man but on his family. It also asks major questions including - what is the true meaning of , , and ? There is also a focus on what it is like as a black man growing up without a and whether it’s blood or showing up that makes someone one’s .
Roy and Celestial are married. They have their ups and downs but then Roy is accused of a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. He’s put away for twelve years. What this book explores is the aftermath. What happens to Roy? To Celestial? Their marriage and their hopes for forming a family?
While I found the work uniquely eye opening, I found the characters unlikeable (especially Celestial). I can’t really judge them given that I’ve never been in a situation like theirs but the way they behave goes against all of my . Usually a successful author can have me root for a character even if that’s the case, but here I just felt like they were all and immature in different ways.
Tayari Jones is most successful at making the cognizant of the ways in which prison changes a person - and how it impacts not just the inmate but everything they had going on in their lives- and wrecks it irrevocably. That’s the part that got me. The characters themselves...not people I would want to know in real life.