Happy Thursday! I’m back with another edition of short reviews. These two audiobooks are complicated stories that mirror each other and talk about black womanhood, marriage, race, and other social issues. I hope you enjoy!
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Review: I loved that An American Marriage tackled intersectionality and the complexities of being black. The first part of this book blew me away. I wasn’t prepared for how quickly things moved and I raged at how unfair and unjust the court system is to black men and women. What happened to Roy was a nightmare and traumatic. Roy and Celestial’s marriage suffered for it and the letters were really effective at showing just how the relationship deteriorated.
Unfortunately, part two was mostly flashbacks. I wish I could have read about the events that took place as they happened instead of being told they happened. I didn’t like that Roy treated Celestial like an object or prize. There were times I was annoyed with Celestial because it felt like she was just there as things happened to her and not active in them. Sometimes, it felt like she was infantilized by the men in her life.
The writing in this book is beautiful and the characters are real and multifaceted. This is a great book for discussion because it tackles so many personal and social justice topics.
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Review: This book was on my Black History Month TBR in February. Unfortunately, I fell into a reading slump and didn’t read it until last month. Gabrielle Union is a Hollywood actress who has been around for as long as I can remember. Memoirs are difficult to rate and review because it’s someone’s life. However, I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed her narration. I loved Union’s honesty and humor as she shared her experiences with readers. It was interesting to hear Union talk about her childhood, marriage, and devastating to hear her recount her sexual assault. I loved Union’s authenticity and walked away from this with so much respect and admiration for her.
Trigger warning: Rape
Have you read any of these books? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!