An American Marriage

by

Tayari Jones

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A former high school classmate of Roy whom he runs into at Walmart after being released from prison. Davina invites Roy to dinner, and her care for him helps Roy transition back into outside life. She has a complicated relationship with her son, Hopper, who was incarcerated in the same prison as Roy. She and Roy end up marrying after Roy divorces Celestial, though she doesn’t want to have more children.

Davina Hardrick Quotes in An American Marriage

The An American Marriage quotes below are all either spoken by Davina Hardrick or refer to Davina Hardrick . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Algonquin edition of An American Marriage published in 2018.
Part 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

“I know,” she said. “Nobody around here thought you did it. It was just the wrong race and the wrong time. Police are shady as hell. That’s why everybody is locked up.”

Related Characters: Davina Hardrick (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 168
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Davina Hardrick Character Timeline in An American Marriage

The timeline below shows where the character Davina Hardrick appears in An American Marriage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 7
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The Effects of Incarceration Theme Icon
...a small family tree that does not include Celestial’s name. At Walmart Roy runs into Davina Hardrick, a woman with deep Eloe roots whom he remembers from high school. Davina invites... (full context)
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When Davina finally invites him in, Roy admires her figure. She asks if he’s still married and... (full context)
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Davina reveals that her father ran off before she was five years old. Looking out the... (full context)
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Roy tries to say a blessing before the meal, but he chokes up and Davina takes over. She simply says, “Bon appétit,” and Roy again thinks of Celestial, who always... (full context)
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Davina tells Roy that she won’t pour him another drink because the area has become dangerous... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
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Roy spends about thirty-six hours at Davina’s house, finally leaving when she has to go to work. Big Roy waits for his... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11
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...can up and go.” He fills in the rest of her meaning and heads to Davina’s house, but she’s not home. (full context)
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Roy goes to Walmart to see Davina. He apologizes to her for leaving town abruptly and not sticking around to see what... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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...different—she’s sadder, and her scent has changed too. He reflects on how welcoming and comforting Davina had been when he first got out. Celestial asks how he feels and he tells... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 7
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Roy reflects on the fact that Davina didn’t insist on wearing a condom. Instead, she opened her home and herself to him.... (full context)
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Roy goes back to his room and calls Davina. She asks if he’s all right, and he tells her he doesn’t know what to... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 13
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...so he won’t have to return home to take care of him. Next, Roy phones Davina to wish her a merry Christmas. She asks him if what’s between them is something... (full context)
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...care, and she says she’s trying to be an adult. He tells her he called Davina a few minutes ago and that it wasn’t purely sexual. Davina had helped him figure... (full context)
Epilogue
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...Dre. He has signed the divorce papers, sure it’s the right thing to do, with Davina as notary. He asks if Old Hickey survived. (full context)
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Roy writes to say he and Davina are getting married. They’re not trying to have a baby. He’d like to be a... (full context)