A novel in the tradition of those of Sherwood Anderson and Sinclair Lewis, The Turmoil is set in what was once a small, quiet city - never named but closely resembling the author's hometown of Indianapolis - that has been rapidly transformed into a bustling, money-making nest of competitors overrun by "the worshippers of Bigness."
The Turmoil tells the intertwined stories of the Sheridans, whose integrity wanes as their wealth increases, and the Vertrees, who remain noble but impoverished. Linked by a romance between a Sheridan son and a Vertrees daughter, the story of the two families provides a dramatic view of what America was like on the verge of industrialization.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jeffome - LibraryThing
An enjoyable easy read - A good early 20th century family drama.....wealthy driven family shuns the black sheep dreamer in the family since that 'drive and greed' gene seems to have been missed ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
afternoon ain't Alice Adams asked Bay of Naples began better Bibbs Sheridan Bibbs's Booth Tarkington breath chair chuldern course cried daughter dinner doin door Edith Extry eyes face father feel gaze George gettin girl glance goin gone guess Gurney hall hand head hear heard hurt I'm goin James Sheridan Jim's Joyce Kilmer keep kind knew lady Lamhorn laughed listen live look Magnificent Ambersons mamma marry Mary Vertrees matter mean meant Midas mighty minute Miss Vertrees mother Sheridan never night nothin papa paused piano pretty Roscoe's seemed Sheri shook Shuhite Sibyl sick smoke soot spoke stand staring stood stopped street suppose talk Tarkington tell there's thing thought to-morrow told took town turned Vertrees's voice waiting walk What's white-jacket wholesale district wife window young zinc