the lyceum mainstage series

tayari jones presents
An American Marriage

tuesday, february 27 at 7pm | $15 General Admission
halloran centRe | 255 S. Main, Memphis

Acclaimed literary voice Tayari Joneswhose last novel, Silver Sparrow, was named an NEA Big Read and chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by O, The Oprah Magazine, Library Journal, and Slate, comes to Memphis in celebration of the launch of the much-anticipated An American Marriage, published in 2018 by Alongonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Jones will read from the novel and be in-conversation with Memphis novelist and C.S.L.A. co-founding director Jamey Hatley. A book signing will follow, with our friends from Novel, Memphis' newest independent bookstore. 

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tayari jones

The author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta, Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers University in Newark and lives in Brooklyn. She currently serves as the Bennett Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, 2017-2018.

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An American Marriage

"Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devestating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear. This has been true from her very first book, but with An American Marriage that vision, that strength, and that truth-telling voice have found a new level of artistry and power."

- michael chabon


My characters are three people in love — with home, family, freedom, and each other. They are also three people in pain. Some of their problems they brought upon themselves, and others were dropped upon them. Some of their worries are recent and others are brittle as history. But today, they find themselves at a crossroads, and like every human being on earth, they walk their paths, heart-first.
— Tayari Jones

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