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Bolton Book Club to explore "An American Marriage"

The Annie Thompson Jeffers Library resumed the Bolton Book Club in September! The club is always open to new members and invites you to join them for an amazing time. To participate, stop by the library to get a copy of this month's book*. Then, on Tuesday, January 11, at 10 a.m., the Bolton Book Club will meet at the library. Meetings are socially distanced for safety.


CORRECTION CONCERNING THE FEBRUARY MEETING: The club's February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m. (not February 15, as previously stated). And the Club has selected a new book for the February meeting: The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier.


* The book this month is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Book Cover for An American Marriage a novel by Tayari Jones

About the novel: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, 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. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.


“Haunting . . . Beautifully written.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —People

Oprah's Book Club 2018 Selection

Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize


About the author: Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.

For more information, call 601- 866-4247 or stop by the Annie T. Jeffers Library, 111 W. Madison Street, Bolton MS. website: www.JHLibrary.org Please wear a mask and observe social distancing for safety.


Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays.