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The Turner House
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Blackstone Publishing 2015
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Description

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.

Already praised by Ayana
Mathis as "utterly moving," 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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Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
04/15/2015
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781504612630
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Angela Flournoy. (2015). The Turner House. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Angela Flournoy. 2015. The Turner House. Blackstone Publishing.

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Angela Flournoy, The Turner House. Blackstone Publishing, 2015.

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Angela Flournoy. The Turner House. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2015.

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Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely...

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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.

Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving," 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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        Starred review from January 5, 2015
        Flounoy’s debut is a lively, thoroughly engaging family saga with a cast of fully realized characters. Francis and Viola Turner and their 13 children have lived in a house on Detroit’s East Side for more than 50 years. In its prime, Yarrow Street was a comfortable haven for black working-class homeowners. In 2008, after Detroit’s long economic depression, Francis has died and Viola is about to lose the house, the value of which has declined to less than the owed mortgage payments, and the siblings are faced with a difficult decision about the house’s fate. Flournoy focuses on three of the Turner siblings—Cha-Cha, the eldest son, who drove an 18-wheeler carrying Chryslers before an accident took him off the road; Troy, the youngest son, a policeman with an ambitious, illegal plan; and Lelah, the unstable youngest daughter, who has a gambling addiction. In addition to the pressing financial issue regarding their family home, the plot touches on the moral, emotional, marital, and psychological problems that affect the siblings. Flournoy evokes the intricacies of domestic situations and sibling relationships, depicting how each of the Turners’ lives has been shaped by the social history of their generation. She handles time and place with a veteran’s ease as the narrative swings between decades, at times leaping back to the 1940s. A family secret, which involves a “haint” (or ghost) who became Francis’s nemesis—perhaps real, perhaps just a superstition—appears many years later to haunt Cha-Cha. Readers may be reminded of Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, but Flournoy puts her own distinctive stamp on this absorbing narrative.

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      • content: Adenrele Ojo's narration doesn't help the listener navigate this sprawling tale of the Turner family, with its 13 children. Focused on Cha-Cha, the eldest, and Lelah, the youngest, the audiobook wends its way through time frames: 1958, when Cha first sees the haint; the present day, when the blighted neighborhood casts a shadow on the family home; and the 1940s, when Francis was part of the Great Migration that established the family in this once prosperous neighborhood. Incongruous pauses in Ojo's narration and a huge cast of characters lacking distinctive voices challenge the listener's enjoyment and comprehension. The dialogue, which is in dialect, would have been enhanced by the use of pacing, tone, and inflection to distinguish the speakers. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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