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The Turner House

By Angela Flournoy
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo / 12 hours 10 minutes

The 2017 Seattle Reads Title.

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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“An expansive and ambitious novel that descends through the generations of one family's history to achieve real poignancy and power.”

T.C. Boyle, Author of The Women

“Utterly moving and tough as nails, The Turner House is 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, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Reviews

“It is Flournoy's finely tuned empathy that infuses her characters with a radiant humanity.”

O, the Oprah Magazine

“Flournoy’s knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel.”

NPR

About the Author

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a May 2015 Indie Next pick and a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice. She was also a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn.


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Author
Narrator Adenrele Ojo
ISBN 9781504612654
Length 12 hours 10 minutes
Language English
Publisher Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date
Abridged No
 
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