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The Turner House - by Angela Flournoy (Paperback)

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  • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTA New York Times Notable Book - An Amazon Top 100 Editors' Pick of the YearNamed a Best Book of the Year by O, The Oprah Magazine - Entertainment Weekly - NPR - Essence - Men's Journal - Buzzfeed - Bustle - Time Out - Denver Post - Publishers Weekly - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Literary Hub - Kobo - The Week - Detroit Free PressWinner of the Paterson Fiction Prize and the Black Caucus of the ALA--1st Novelist AwardNominated for the International Dublin Literary Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for FictionFinalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the Indies Choice AwardShort-listed for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Ernest Gaines Award, The Morning News Tournament of Books, the Winter Lariat List, and the Medici Book Club PrizeLong-listed for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for A Debut Novel and the Chautauqua PrizeA powerful debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family.The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years.
  • About the Author: ANGELA FLOURNOY is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Southern California.
  • 352 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Literary

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A novel centered on the journey of the Turner family and its thirteen siblings, particularly the eldest and youngest, as they face the ghosts of their pasts--both an actual haint and the specter of addiction--the imminent loss of their mother, and the necessary abandonment of their family home in struggling Detroit



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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

A New York Times Notable Book - An Amazon Top 100 Editors' Pick of the Year

Named a Best Book of the Year by O, The Oprah Magazine - Entertainment Weekly - NPR - Essence - Men's Journal - Buzzfeed - Bustle - Time Out - Denver Post - Publishers Weekly - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Literary Hub - Kobo - The Week - Detroit Free Press

Winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize and the Black Caucus of the ALA--1st Novelist Award

Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the Indies Choice Award

Short-listed for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Ernest Gaines Award, The Morning News Tournament of Books, the Winter Lariat List, and the Medici Book Club Prize

Long-listed for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for A Debut Novel and the Chautauqua Prize

A powerful debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family.

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, and 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 haunts--and shapes--their family's future.

Praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," 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.



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Utterly moving and tough as nails, The Turner Houseis a love story as immense as the family it describes, and as complicated as the city that made them. A clear-sighted ode to the bonds that make and break us, to resilience across generations, to shared joys and solitary struggles, Flournoy s debut is as fresh and bold as they come.Commanding and unputdownable! Ayana Mathis

Flournoy is a magician here is a story that is charming and funny while being whip-smart and profound. Laced through are the hard facts of history and the mysterious workings of the human heart. This is a thrilling debut. Tayari Jones

An expansive and ambitious novel that descends through the generations of one family s history to achieve real poignancy and power. T. C. Boyle

The Turner House is masterful: full of history and lies and the myths that can bring a family together, or tear it apart. This is a beautiful, elegant, and living novel, one that you will savor until the last, moving paragraph. Daniel Alarcon

As compelling, unforgettable, and beautifully told a story as I ve read in ages. While each of the thirteen siblings (and their parents) could carry a book on his or her own, here they remain indelibly linked by the complicated bonds of history and belonging and by the promises of their heartbreak city, Detroit. Cristina Garcia

This book is so beautifully written, so perfectly observed and heard it s about aging and parenthood and above all that misunderstood lifelong union, siblinghood but it s also pure pleasure to read: funny, heartbreaking, with the sort of characters you ll miss like family when you finish. Elizabeth McCracken"



Review Quotes




"The Turner House speeds along like a page-turner. Flournoy's richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue make this novel feel like settling deeply into the family armchair. A-." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Flournoy's knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel.... The book tells the story of the 13 adult children of Francis and Viola Turner, who must decide what to do with their family house. The characters are fascinating and funny, and anyone who has played a role in the ecosystem of his family life will recognize the joys and challenges that plague the Turners. But perhaps the strongest character is Detroit itself, as it morphs from bustling modern metropolis to a potent symbol of post-industrial decline." -- NPR

"An engrossing and remarkably mature first novel...Flournoy's prose is artful without being showy. She takes the time to flesh out the world.... In her accretion of resonant details, Flournoy recounts the history of Detroit with more sensitivity than any textbook could.... Flournoy gets at the universal through the patient observation of one family's particulars. In this assured and memorable novel, she provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own." -- New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"Flournoy has written an epic that feels deeply personal.... Flournoy's finely tuned empathy infuses her characters with a radiant humanity." -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"An elegant and assured debut." -- Washington Post

"Poignant and timely." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Flournoy's National Book Award-nominated debut does an incredible job of bringing both a family and a city to vibrant, poignant life." -- Buzzfeed, "The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015"

"A sprawling family history that delves into the Detroit housing crisis and the potential legacies the past holds, Angela Flournoy's first novel will be remembered as the start of a brilliant career." -- Bustle, "2015's 25 Best Books, Fiction Edition"

"Epic, ambitious and strikingly executed, The Turner House is an impressive debut novel. In the grand tradition of family dramas by the late Bebe Moore Campbell, it is lively and entertaining, with subtle humor and engaging voice. Flournoy manages the difficult feat of skillfully telling the stories of 13 children, their parents and accompanying spouses and love interests in an irresistible style. Here we have a deeply satisfying portrayal of relationships among those to whom we, for better or worse, are related by blood." -- The Root

"Nobody can take you from joyful to infuriated as fast as your brother or sister. Similarly, the ups and downs of the 13 siblings that populate The Turner House, the first novel by Angela Flournoy, whip from laugh-out-loud to heart-crushing. Still, she proves even bonds that have stretched a mile long have the ability to snap back." -- Essence

"With The Turner House, Flournoy has written an utterly unsentimental love story that, rather like the house on Yarrow Street, manages to make room for everyone." -- Christian Science Monitor

"A fierce and tender debut novel.... Angela Flournoy is the literary anthropologist of Detroit, not so different from the way a young Philip Roth was the literary anthropologist of Newark." -- Paterson Fiction Prize Citation




About the Author



ANGELA FLOURNOY is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Southern California. She has taught writing at various universities and has worked for the D.C. Public Library. She was raised in Southern California by a mother from Los Angeles and a father from Detroit.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.01 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Mariner Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Angela Flournoy
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2016
TCIN: 50602599
UPC: 9780544705166
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-7745
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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