Set against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville, four sisters embark on an unexpected adventure—and a last-ditch effort to save their family.
In 1919, the Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping by. Their father is a low-paid boot stitcher in Johnson City, New York, and the family is always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father’s hand is crushed and he can no longer work, their irrepressible mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best—and only—chance for survival.
Traveling by train from town to town, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell soon find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are as diverse as their acts. There is a seamier side to the business, however, and the young women face dangers and turns of fate they never could have anticipated.
Heartwarming and surprising, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is ultimately a story of awakening—to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era.
Katie Schorr is an actor and
writer in New York. Her one-woman show, Take
Me. Seriously, ran for six months at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater,
and she performs throughout New York in new works at the Ensemble Studio
Theatre and Ars Nova, among other theaters. She has appeared on VH1’s Best Week Ever and costars in the web
series Head in the Oven with Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader.
Her audiobook credits include narrating the novels in Alyson Noel’s bestselling
Immortals series. Of her work on the series, AudioFile magazine has said, “Narrator Katie Schorr has a
wonderfully raspy, youthful voice, which she puts to good effect on the cast of
Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. She has voiced Iris on Pokémon. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, she has also directed and produced audiobooks for over six years.