The Turner House Flournoy s knockout debut is one of those books that should by rights be described as the Great American Novel NPR A New York Times Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year byO The Oprah Magazine

  • Title: The Turner House
  • Author: Angela Flournoy
  • ISBN: 9780544705166
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flournoy s knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel NPR A New York Times Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year byO, The Oprah Magazine Entertainment Weekly NPR Essence Men s Journal Buzzfeed Bustle Time Out Denver Post Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews BookPage Literary Hub Kob Flournoy s knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel NPR A New York Times Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year byO, 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 A page turner Richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue A Entertainment Weekly For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone and some return it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit s East Side, and the loss of a father But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house s fate and to reckon with how their past haunts and shapes their future The Turner House is a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home An epic that feels deeply personal Flournoy s finely tuned empathy infuses her characters with a radiant humanity O, The Oprah Magazine 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 New York Times Book Review

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    About "Angela Flournoy"

    1. Angela Flournoy

      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 worked for the Washington, D.C Public Library Her debut novel THE TURNER HOUSE will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2015.

    384 thoughts on “The Turner House”

    1. "There ain't no haints in Detroit."this is just a great old-fashioned family story with wonderful spirit and sympathetic characters; one part american historical, one part contemporary housing crisis, with ghosts, addiction, illness, and the myriad conflicts that affect a family over the course of their lives both together and aparte turner family consists of thirteen siblings born in detroit to viola and francis, now grown and mostly scattered, many with children of their own. their newest cris [...]


    2. 4.5 "solid, moving and engaging debut" stars. 2016 Honorable Mention Ms. Flournoy has written a very strong first novel that is full of raw emotion, minute traumas and the struggle to live, love and die on one's own terms.Ma and Pa Turner are from Arkansas. African-American and poor. Full of hopes and dreams for themselves and their family and they move to vibrant Detroit. As their brood grows to thirteen children the city starts to die and become dangerous and chaotic. Each of the brood have th [...]


    3. Knowing that this story was inspired by the author's personal history added additional warm feelings from the start. Yet, I had read mixed reviews soon after wanting to read it. I knew it was nominated the national book award in 2015d was still curiousenough to buy it for a $1.99 Kindle. SoI finally took time to read it( much of it during my sauna resting time on my old Kindle)d I liked it. It's one big family saga( the type of books I'm a sucker for)."The Turner House", has been in the Turner f [...]


    4. What a disappointment! This family story had so much potential but the story development never materialized. There were several moments where I felt like the author was rambling and I as the reader was thinking what is she talking about. When I finally came to the end I was left with the feeling of nothingness. Yes it was about family ties, struggles, sibling rivalry & love, however I expected more depth. Reading this book kept me in a continuous fog, no vision & unable find direction. R [...]


    5. This review and the rest of the crap I write can be found at my blog Bark's Book Nonsense I was under the impression that this was a book about a haunted house.At about the halfway mark I finally realized that I was quite mistaken. Yes, it took me that long to figure things out.This is a book about suburban decay, family dynamics and little life dramas. It’s well written but it’s not a ghost story, not even close and that’s entirely my own fault. I guess I saw the word “haint” somewher [...]


    6. I hate to compare books, especially ones that are really well written in their own right, but this reminded me of Ayana Mathis' The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. The thing that made it better, in my opinion, is that the characters are tied together. In The Twelve Tribes, even though the characters are siblings, their stories are written in such a way that they can stand alone and there's little interaction between the siblings as adults. So while we see them interact as children, once they move into [...]


    7. I laughed so muche characters remind me of my own family. In particular, the character Lelah was so real and well-drawn -- I wanted to know what else happens to the Turner family and Lelah even after the book ended. Strong debut!


    8. The Turner House is the story of 13 siblings (most notably, the eldest, Cha-Cha, and the youngest, Lelah). It's a beautifully drawn narrative that transitions through time, alternately telling the 1940s story of parents Francis and Viola and shifting between the perspectives of their middle-aged children. At the core of the narrative are a haunt and a family house in Detroit that needs either to be sold for much less than its worth or paid off by each sibling at a price far higher than its value [...]


    9. After reading Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff, I've wanted to read more about Detroit "natives." Flournoy takes a family that is deeply ingrained in the city and tells their story alternating between a few weeks in the 1940s and 2008. In 2008, the oldest brother of thirteen children is trying to figure out what to do about his family home. His mother has failing health and she owes more on the home than what it is worth.I read this book because it was nominated for the National Bo [...]


    10. In Flournoy’s debut, the 13 grown children of Francis and Viola Turner must put aside personal baggage to decide what will become of their parents’ Detroit house during the financial crisis. The novel prioritizes the oldest and youngest children: Cha-Cha is haunted (literally) by a teenage experience, while Lelah’s gambling addiction lost her a job and an apartment. Through flashbacks to the 1940s, when Francis first left Arkansas, Flournoy shows how important this house has been. To me, t [...]


    11. When the National Book Award nominations for 2015 came out last month, I got on the library wait list for several that interested me. The first one I received was Angela Flournoy’s “The Turner House.” It is the story of an African America family in Detroit. In many ways, the family’s ups and down are tied to that of the city. Along with Francis and Viola and their 13 children, Detroit and Yarrow Street are major characters complete with bad decisions, hard times, hopeful redemption and f [...]


    12. The Turner House is a solid family-oriented debut novel which focuses on Francis and Viola’s marriage and their thirteen children. Alternating passages and flashback sequences provide glimpses into the family’s origins in rural Arkansas and detail the hardships and challenges as they migrate to Detroit in hopes of a brighter and more promising future for themselves and their brood. The story primarily focuses on the father’s (Francis), the eldest son’s (Charles), and the youngest daughte [...]


    13. The Turner House is basically a long story about a large family that included 13 children. Through a series of flashbacks, the reader learns how Viola and Francis (the parents) decide to move to Detroit from Arkansas. Their house on Yarrow Street is central to the story. Cha Cha, the eldest child and his sister Lelah are prominent in the near present story. Unfortunately I did not become engaged with any of the characters or the story. It was just a good read for me not a great one. 3 stars


    14. ***SPOILERS!!!!***I was really excited to read this book, it sounded so promising, but ultimately I felt let-down. There were so many elements to this story, and each could/should have made for an intriguing read, but I think the author took on too much. The Turner family is comprised of 13 siblings growing up in a 3 1/2 bedroom house - now there is the set-up for some great sibling dynamics! Just the day-to-day details would have been fascinating to mewhere did they all sleep, eat, how did they [...]


    15. I was really happy to start out my 2016 reading with a Book Riot favorite. The Turner family has lived in their home on the eastern side of Detroit for 50 years. When it becomes clear ailing matriarch Viola is unable to live in the house herself anymore, the 13 Turner children must come together to decide what to do with their family home. Complicating factors in the housing crisis, which has left the house worth just a fraction of its mortgage. I loved the way Turner captured the dynamics betwe [...]


    16. Francis and Viola Turner moved from Arkansas to Detroit (The Motor City) druning the end of WWII. There marriage produced thirteen children. Overall, they had a hppay life. As adults, the children reflect on their childhood as their childhood home on Yarrow Street, in Detroit, maybe foreclosed by the bank. The story of Cha-Cha's haint (ghost) takes center stage? Was it real? Has it come back? Did the haint ever leave?Share the laugher, tears, smiles, and wonders as the Turner children reflect. S [...]


    17. Huh? I kept waiting for something to happen. It never did.Based on the book's description, I was expecting to learn more about the thirteen children growing up together in the house on Yarrow Street. I was expecting to learn about the progression of the neighborhood's fall. I was expecting to read about how each of the kids' pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. I was expecting to read a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures & the ways in which our fa [...]


    18. As a teacher I was often annoyed when a so-called expert in the field harped on the topic of assigning “relevant” literature. Sure, it makes sense to motivate kids who are reluctant readers by offering them books about people like them, with challenges they'll recognize from their own lives. It's a great starting point. But you don't have to look like or talk like or live like the characters in a book to relate to them. We're united by a common humanity, it's good to get outside your bubble [...]


    19. I read this book for various reasons. I'm lucky enough to have an opportunity to interview the author in a month's time, and I have yearned to read more novels about Detroit. The book opens with two epigraphs; one from Zora Neale Hurston's landmark anthropological work 'Mules and Men', the other from Detroit's own beloved Philip Levine. They set the tone for a novel about how the past, both when repressed and come to light, can haunt (literally and figuratively) the members of a family. As much [...]


    20. What a great read. A Detroit family as told through the eyes of a few characters and what shaped them to who they are today. A great character study and background history of race and the housing market in Detroit. This book really made me think and wonder about all of our quirks. The young author has a nice way of writing too.Thank you to giveaways for a book to review in an honest way. :) It didn't seem like a long time to Cha-Cha. Fifty years, a wife, two children, one grandchild; they were [...]


    21. 2.5-stars. This book had wonderful potential, but it just never really came together for me in the end. I think the novel is a great outing for a first book, and I will definitely pickup Flournoy's next one. My favourite parts were when the focus was on the city of Detroit. It's such a tough place that deserves to thrive again. I am glad Flournoy shines a light by setting her story here. The characters were where I felt things floundered about. I don't need tidy endings, and I am fine with ambig [...]


    22. I struggled with this. I ended the book thinking I thought it was just ok. Then days later I'm still thinking about Cha Cha, Lelah, and the rest of the fam. Wanting to know what happened after I turned the last page.



    23. This was a 3.5 star book for me.Flournoy’s beautifully written debut novel portrays family relationships with insight and fairness and while specific to the African-American Turner family in a specific time and place yet is universal in its appeal and subject matter. The house in the title has been in the Turner family for 50 years and was home to parents Francis and Viola and their 13 children and some of their grandchildren. The home sits in Detroit’s East Side in a community that has seen [...]


    24. This is a beautifully-written, transcendent novel that should be marked as one of the greats of 2015. It was nominated for many awards, and worthy of all of them, and I hope people remember it and continue to read it. It took me a while to get to it, but everyone is right: this is a winding literary novel that is worth your time.I think I might have liked it even more had I not read it as part of the reading list for the 2016 Tournament of Books, but that's because most of those are Books About [...]


    25. 10-20min increments while driving were not enough to satisfy with this book but it means I managed to spend an entire month with the Turner family and the amazing narrator (Adenrele Ojo) who provided their voices. Not nearly enough. Cha Cha favored short, earnest prayer and he often wondered what took others so long. It had something to do with excess supplication he suspected. He never presented a long list of specific requests to God. Had always felt uncomfortable with the presumptuousness of [...]


    26. Finally, at long last, a Great American Novel written about an America I actually recognize: Detroit. There is so much to recommend this book: its range and depth of characters, all of whom are complex, presented with empathy, hero and anti-hero; its can't-put-it-down pacing; the evident mastery of craft. Flournoy really knows how to turn a phrase.It is important, to me, that Flournoy puts people -- especially Black people, the majority of the city -- back into the story of what has happened in [...]


    27. I am such a sucker for family stories and this one was a delight. I loved the Turner family.13 kids, though. THIRTEEN! It's not unheard of, I know, but I can't imagine that many siblings. 3 drove me crazy, I don't know what another 9 would have done. Even with my cousins, there were only 8 of us. But 13?This is also sort of a ghost story but while there is a spectre, the real ghost is the past. It haunts ChaCha, the oldest, both literally and figuratively. It haunts Tony, the cop who isn't quite [...]


    28. From the homey title to the last paragraph, Flournoy's debut novel wraps us up in literary arms and brings us into the lives of the Turners; Viola and Francis, their 13 children and the house on Yarrow Street. Isabel Wilkerson's excellent book - The Warmth of Other Suns - is a nonfiction primer for the Turners' story. This is a big, loving, secret-holding family. Flournoy's writing skills bring us into the hallway in the opening chapter, dodging Lonnie, fearing what we think we see while denying [...]


    29. I didn't dislike this book as much as some people did, but I didn't love it either.It is about a family of 13 adult children, coming to grips with their "lot" in life & dealing with their aging mom & the family home ( The Turner House) in the urban decline of so many cities. To me it was a small slice of life, focused mostly on a few of the family members. There was not a real strong, gripping story.just a family & dealing with what many families of these ages are dealing with- large [...]


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