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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Angela Flournoy Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781504612661
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

    T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”

    Ayana Mathis, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A lively, thoroughly engaging family saga with a cast of fully realized characters…The plot touches on the moral, emotional, marital, and psychological problems that affect the siblings…Readers may be reminded of Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, but Flournoy puts her own distinctive stamp on this absorbing narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In this wonderfully lively debut novel, Flournoy tells the story of a complicated family, stepping back in time to show the parents’ early married days in the 1940s, their move north to Detroit from the rural South, and how their children each experienced a different version of the neighborhood…A compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Angela Flournoy’s extraordinary debut novel, The Turner House, is as compelling, unforgettable, and beautifully told a story as I’ve read in ages. The real and the supernatural, the hardships and hard won triumphs of the tightly knit, at times warring Turner clan will pull you close to this family’s generous, dignified heart. While each of the thirteen siblings (and their parents) could carry a book on his or her own, here they remain indelibly linked by the complicated bonds of history and belonging—and by the promises of their heartbreak city, Detroit.”

    Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

  • “Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House is masterful: a novel full of history and lies and the myths that can bring a family together, or tear it apart. There are touches of grace and humor in this generous and humane portrait of a family, and a city, in transition. This is a beautiful, elegant, and living novel, one that you will savor until the last, moving paragraph.”

    Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

  • “Angela Flournoy’s brilliant [book] The Turner House is about no less than the joy and aggravation of being a human being in a large family, in a house, in a city, on this earth. This book is so beautifully written, so perfectly observed and heard—it’s about aging and parenthood and above all that misunderstood lifelong union, siblinghood—but it’s also pure pleasure to read: funny, heartbreaking, with the sort of characters you’ll miss like family when you finish. The Turner House is an absolutely wonderful novel.”

    Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant’s House

  • 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

  • “What makes The Turner House profound is its reality, its observation of a family so diverse and well drawn that they seem real. Many books center on romantic love or parental love, but we rarely find such an honest portrait of what it means to be a sibling—defined by your differences as much as your similarities—as the one Flournoy gives us. The Turners are continually rebuilding their lives, re-establishing connections that get tangled, torn, and broken. Their story is beautiful in the way family is beautiful: full of heartbreak and broken dreams, but ultimately connection and community, understanding and love.”


  • A complicated portrait of the modern American family emerges in Flournoy’s debut novel…Flournoy’s writing is precise and sharp…The novel draws readers to the Turner family almost magnetically. A talent to watch.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • A National Book Award Finalist
  • A National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Honoree
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2015 John Leonard Prize Shortlist Selection
  • A 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Award Finalist
  • A 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Shortlist Selection
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Debut Fiction
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • ABuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
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About the Author

Angela Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in the Paris Review and she has written for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She was raised in Southern California by a mother from Los Angeles and a father from Detroit.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.