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What does a triangle have to do with 'an American marriage'?
August 23, 2018
My book club read this book. I will say it is well written: however, I am dismayed at how it portrayed 'an American marriage'. As an African American, I am embarrassed. I don't understand the high ratings. Marriage is about commitment, trust, love, compromise, growing and building a life together, oneness, and being there for each other when times get hard. All of this was missing from this book. Instead, there was secrets, selfishness, backstabbing, mistrust, lying, deceit, to name a few. If you like this type of thing, you will love this book.
I could not relate to any of the main characters. I got so tired of Celestial and Andre, both of them got under my skin. Celestial is shallow, selfish, uncompromising, and she thinks the world revolves around her. I pegged her from the start, I knew she didn't love Roy. She will fall for any man who gives her special attention, i.e. Roy and her professor. How long will she stay with Andre? Andre pretended to be a "friend" to Roy but secretly wanted his wife. I felt sorry for Roy because of his situation but he should have seen through Celestial & Andre much sooner.
I only finished this book because of the book club, it left me with negative feelings wondering if most people live this way. Sad to think.
Many in my book club could not complete this book. I won't recommend this book to anyone because I didn't care for the subject matter.