The Turner House

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 - FICTION - 341 pages
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

A powerful, timely 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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What a fantastic Detroit Novel--I think I've been wanting to read something like this for a long time. Like Francis and Viola, my grandparents came to Detroit in the mid-20th century in response to ... Read full review

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Another Iowa graduate published a first novel telling stories from her family's history. I don't mean to be so dismissive. On its own this was a fine book with plenty to recommend it, but I couldn't ... Read full review

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Contents

Trouble in the Big Room
1
Spring 2008
11
Spring 2008
61
Spring 2008
115
Spring 2008
169
Spring 2008
285
Back Matter
339
Back Flap
342
Back Cover
343
Spine
344
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ANGELA FLOURNOY is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Southern California. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University, and has worked for the D.C. Public Library. Raised in Southern California, she spent time throughout her childhood at her grandparents' home on Detroit's East Side.

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