The Turner House By Angela Flournoy
The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunt—and shape—their family’s future. The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.
"In this assured and memorable novel, [Flournoy] provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own." -The New York Times Book Review
"Flournoy's richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue make this novel feel like settling deeply into the family armchair." -Entertainment Weekly
"Flournoy’s debut is a lively, thoroughly engaging family saga with a cast of fully realized characters." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An elegant and assured debut." -The Washington Post
"One of the many strengths of this book — entertaining, well-written and keenly insightful without calling attention to itself — is its clear-eyed, unsentimental vision." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Turner House belongs on the shelf with the very finest books about one of America’s most dynamic, tortured, and resilient cities...There are cracklingly alive scenes inside pawn shops and factories, casinos and living rooms." -The Millions
"Encompassing a multitude of themes, including aging and parenthood, this is a compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure." -Booklist, starred review
ANGELA FLOURNOY is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, Columbia University, Princeton University and the University of California at Los Angeles. Flournoy was the 2016-17 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She was awarded a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is currently a Mary Ellen von der Heyden fellow in fiction at the American Academy in Berlin.
PAPERBACK AVAILABLE NOW Amazon| Audible | Barnes & Noble iBooks | IndieBound | Powell's Books -National Book Award Finalist -Nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, "Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author" -Winner, VCU Cabell First Novelist Award -Finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award -Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award -Short-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize -Short-listed for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction -Short-listed for the Ernest Gaines Award -Long-listed for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for A Debut Novel -An Amazon Top 100 Editors' Pick of the Year -A Michigan Notable Book 2016 -Black Caucus of the ALA—1st Novelist Award Winner -A New York Times Notable Book of the Year -A New York Times Editors' Choice