An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones, was an Oprah Book Club selection in 2018 and for good reason – books lovers everywhere adore this life-changing book. A story about family and relationships, this moving read belongs on everyone’s bookshelf. If you’ve read An American Marriage, you will love these stories that cover topics on marriage, divorce, love, loss, self-discovery and more.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
When Althea and her husband are arrested, her sisters Viola and Lillian are shocked. The family has experienced hardships, but they are not prepared for what is to come, as they soon become a disgrace to their community. As Viola and Lillian try to make sense of what has happened, they will have to step in to take care of their nieces while their sister and her husband await their fate.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
When four siblings go to hear their fortune from a traveling psychic, they will be told of the day they will die, which will change the trajectory of each of their lives. This is a story that balances real and imagined and choice versus destiny. A magician, a scientist, an army doctor and a golden boy, the four live out their lives based on what the psychic has told them. It is the story of family bonds and making decisions that may or may not change your life forever.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Kya Clark is known as the Marsh Girl, having lived years alone in the marsh in North Carolina. When Chase Andrews is discovered dead, the town residents suspect Kya. But Kya is more than they think – she’s intelligent and kind and only wants to be loved. Mysterious and romantic, this coming-of-age novel has something for every reader and is a Reese Witherspoon favorite.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
As Hadia prepares to wed a husband for love, not tradition, an Indian family is reunited. Parents of the bride, Rafiq and Layla, must learn to accept the choices their children have made for themselves. Estranged son, Amar, returns after being away for three years for the wedding and during this time, secrets and betrayals will be revealed and perhaps forgiveness is in the mix for this family who has lived in two very different cultures. Will they be able to find their way back to each other and repair the damage that has fractured their family?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Socially impaired, Eleanor Oliphant thinks she’s fine the way she is. When she and Raymond, the IT guy at work, help Sammy from a fall on the sidewalk, the three become fast friends and discover life doesn’t have to be so isolating. Reese Witherspoon is a fan of this heartwarming novel, and is currently working on pre-production, so read it now before it comes to theaters!
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel
When socialite Maxine Simmons discovers her husband is in love with his 22-year-old secretary, she finds herself single and living in Scottsdale, Arizona. This former beauty queen – now without a husband or family – becomes determined to enter and win the Mrs. American Pie pageant to find redemption.
Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley
Elsey’s husband Lukas gives her an ultimatum: she must go to a mountain retreat or they’re done in Elsey Come Home. As a painter, wife and mother, she is struggling to find herself and her unhappiness is unsettling. She agrees to go to the mountain to heal but once there, she realizes she must then go to her childhood home to confront her past before returning to Lukas and her children.
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
After her third miscarriage, Jaya realizes that her anguish is hurting her marriage, and she goes to India in search of unanswered questions about her family. Jaya is immersed in the culture immediately and wants to learn everything she can about her family’s home. When she meets Ravi, her grandmother’s former servant, she learns the story of her grandmother’s struggles and the legacy she left behind, which offers her answers and strength.
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