Author Angela Flournoy and THE TURNER HOUSE at Bookbug

Bookbug is proud to welcome Anglea Flournoy for a reading, discussion and signing of her powerful, timely debut novel THE TURNER HOUSE on Wednesday, April 29th, 7PM.

ANGELA FLOURNOY is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received a Dean’s Fellowship, and 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. The Turner House is her first novel.

Booklist, starred review:
The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street on Detroit’s East Side for more than 50 years. The neighborhood has fallen into disrepair, and the mortgage on the family home is under water. The patriarch has long been dead, and Viola, the matriarch, is ill and has moved in with her oldest son, Cha-Cha, who feels the full burden of being both father and brother to his 12 rambunctious, demanding siblings. And the siblings are having yet another vehement argument, this time about whether to sell their family home or pay off the mortgage. Meanwhile, Lelah, the youngest, is evicted from her apartment due to gambling debts and has surreptitiously moved into the old homestead, now surrounded by abandoned lots. 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, which comes to symbolize both the hopes and dashed dreams of Detroit’s lower-middle-class blacks. Encompassing a multitude of themes, including aging and parenthood, this is a compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure.


"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 un-putdownable!"—Ayana Mathis, bestselling 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 others

“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, King of Cuba, and others

“Angela Flournoy’s brilliant 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, Thunderstruck, and others

"A lively, thoroughly engaging family saga with a cast of fully realized characters...[Flournoy] handles time and place with a veteran’s ease...Flournoy puts her own distinctive stamp on this absorbing narrative." -- Publishers Weekly, *starred* and boxed review

"A compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure." -- Booklist, *starred* review

"Flournoy's writing is precise and sharp . . . The novel draws readers to the Turner family almost magnetically. A talent to watch." -- Kirkus Review

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3019 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
The Turner House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544303164
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 14th, 2015