SouthBound: Novelist Tayari Jones On Writing, Atlanta And Her Call From Oprah

Jul 11, 2018

Tayari Jones was waiting for her fourth novel to be published when she got the phone call that, in this day and age, most every writer dreams of — a call from Oprah Winfrey to let Jones know that her book, "An American Marriage," would be the next selection in Oprah's Book Club. 

When the book came out in February, it went straight to the New York Times’ bestseller lists. "An American Marriage" is the story of what happens to a loving couple who are forced to deal with being apart through no fault of their own. The book is set in the South, specifically in Jones’ hometown of Atlanta, a place she has done a lot of thinking and writing about. After a long time away, she’s getting ready to come back home.

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