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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

  • “Flournoy’s novel grapples with Detroit’s long, troubled history…[and] tells the story of an American family’s history of struggle, survival, and hope against the odds. Flournoy paints a more generous, human picture of a city dogged by racist assumptions and an apocalyptic reputation.

    Huffington Post

  • “A page-turner. Richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue. Grade: A–.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An epic that feels deeply personal…Flournoy’s finely tuned empathy infuses her characters with a radiant humanity.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An expansive and ambitious novel…[with] 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.”

    Ayana Mathis, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A lively, thoroughly engaging family saga with a cast of fully realized characters.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wonderfully lively…a compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A complicated portrait of the modern American family…Flournoy’s writing is precise and sharp.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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[’]… story is beautiful in the way family is beautiful: full of heartbreak and broken dreams but ultimately connection and community, understanding and love.”

    BookPage

  • “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

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • A National Book Award Finalist
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
  • 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
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • 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
  • Huffington Post Pick of Books to Help You Understand America
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About the Author

Angela Flournoy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Southern California. She has taught writing at universities and currently works for the Washington, DC, Public Library. She was raised 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 Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen 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.