About the Book:
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Mariner Books, 2015)
Growing up in California, Angela Flournoy often visited the place where her father is from, Detroit, Michigan. The fiction she read never depicted the experiences of people like her family – working class African Americans who made up the majority of a city. The Turner House explores this American story.
A National Book Award finalist, and NAACP Image Award nominee, The Turner House is an invitation for readers to explore a story, solidly formed from the Great Migration. Thirteen Turner siblings tangle with their past to gain a solid grip on their future, with twists and turns on hopeful roads filled with intersections of reality, and constant changes in values, of both property and hearts. The Turner House was also shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.
Filled with love, sacrifice, pride, and unlikely inheritances, The Turner House is a compelling consideration of the price we pay for our dreams,and the ways in which our families bring us home.
About the Author: Angela Flournoy
Angela Flournoy is the author of the powerful debut novel The Turner House which was also shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. Flournoy was named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
The National Book Award Citation states: "What is the value of a home to a family? In her stirring first novel, The Turner House, Angela Flournoy explores this question through the lens of the Turner family of Detroit. Spanning nearly three quarters of a century and several generations, the book becomes a portrait not only of the Turners but also of their city-history uncovered through the inner life. Masterful, evocative, deftly rendered, it reminds us of the bonds, familial or otherwise, that link us all."
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn. She was raised in Southern California by a mother from Los Angeles and a father from Detroit.
For more information about this author, please visit http://www.angelaflournoy.com.
The National Book Foundation declares the book “marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family” and is “a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.”
Seattle Reads is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Seattle Reads The Turner House is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.