An American Marriage - Part Two: Prepare a Table for Me, Pages 124-159 (Roy, Celestial, Andre) Summary & Analysis

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Roy remembers how, in the weeks before Roy’s release, Walter--who was called the prison's "Ghetto Yoga" (125)--gave Roy a number of life lessons: "The only thing I know for sure is that everyone else's life has moved forward, just not yours" (124). Roy was released a few days early, and when he exited the prison, Big Roy was waiting for him. Roy reflects on the fact that he never once called Walter “Daddy,” the term he used with Roy. That night, he reread the letter Celestial wrote him announcing that she no longer wanted to be his wife. It was the only letter he did not destroy.

The narrative shifts to Celestial’s perspective. She recalls the day in Atlanta when she met Roy again after college. He was in a business lunch...

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