"It is Flournoy's finely tuned empathy that infuses her characters with a radiant humanity."
-O, the Oprah Magazine
"Flournoy creates a vivid portrait of fictional characters in a real city. This is essential reading."
-The Detroit Free Press
"Poignant and timely."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Epic, ambitious and strikingly executed, The Turner House is an impressive debut novel."
"Even if all you know of Woodward Avenue comes courtesy of Bob Seger, even if 8 Mile is only a movie title to you, do yourself a favor and read The Turner House. Once you open its pages, you won’t be able to put it down"
"With The Turner House, Flournoy has written an utterly unsentimental love story that, rather like the house on Yarrow Street, manages to make room for everyone."
-The Christian Science Monitor
Flournoy’s strength lies in her meticulous examination of each character’s inner life.
"[The Turner House] is not only a saga of generations of this family, but is also about the ephemerality of the American Dream, and of how the hold we all have on our futures is more tenuous than we’d ever dare think."
"The Turner House is a wonderfully crafted glimpse into the intimacy of family, and shows immense promise for Flournoy."
"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
"The Turner House is a marvelous novel introducing a family of irresistible characters. Angela Flournoy is a magician--here is a story that is charming and funny while being whip-smart and profound. Laced through are the hard facts of history and the mysterious workings of the human heart. The magic begins with the extraordinary first chapter and lasts to the very last page. This is a thrilling debut from a writer to watch."
-TAYARI JONES, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta
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, 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 haunt—and shape—their family’s future.
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.