The Turner HouseBook - 2016
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Learn more about the book and author selected for DBRL's 2017 One Read community reading program. (more)
On September 26, 2017, KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Angela Flournoy about her novel “The Turner House.” Listen below to hear her talk about writing her debut novel, the research she conducted for it and how the history of Detroit influenced “The Turner House.” (more)
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DBRL_KrisA Jun 11, 2017
Having read Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex" within the last year, my immediate impulse was to start comparing the two books. While there are similarities - they both deal with multiple generations of families; they both take place in Detroit and deal with the gradual deterioration of the... Read More »
DBRL_KatSU Jan 25, 2017
"The Turner House" is a wonderful family story set against the backdrop of the housing crisis in Detroit.
Cha-Cha, the eldest of 13 children, wrestles with a haint (a ghost) in the beginning of the story, and is told by his father, with utter seriousness, "There ain't no haints... Read More »
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Fluornoy’s debut novel is a complex family tale that follows how the thirteen Turner siblings must grapple with what to do with the house on Yarrow Street where they grew up after their mother is too old to live alone any longer. Fluornoy focuses on the oldest sibling, Charles, aka Cha-Cha, and the youngest, Lela, separated by more than twenty-three years in age, and eleven siblings. Cha-Cha is in therapy after having claimed to have seen a ghost, and Lela is struggling mightily to hide a gambling addiction. Flashbacks illuminate the history of their parents, Francis and Viola Turner, who came North to Detroit for the promise of a better life than the one the South offered its black citizens.
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