The Turner House by Angela Flournoy is a story Detroiters will recognize as 'theirs': black migration from the South to Detroit hoping for work and the rewards of a home of their own, then watching the city fall into the slow ruin caused by white--and black flight to the suburbs, job loss, city mismanagement, crime, drugs, and the lure of easy money at the casinos. The author's father was from Detroit, and his stories informed and inspired her book.
It is the Turner family that makes the novel impelling and universal; Flournoy's wise and compassionate portraits of complex people struggling with human issues.
The Turner House iis featured in the Spring 2015 Paris Review. Flournoy says on her blog,
"There's an excerpt of my novel that I'm very excited about! It's called "Lelah," and on top of the obvious feelings of joy and humility I ahve for being in such an illustrious publication, I'm also happy that The Paris Review selected "Lelah" in particular. She is the first character I "knew," the one whose story came to me when it was well underway. She challenged me to figure our how she got to where she was in her life, and to develop where she needed to go next."
|Trip Around the World; found at a flea market; by an Eastside Detroit quilter|
I received a free e-book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
The Turner House
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: May 21, 2015
$23.00 hard cover