Join us at the Scarab Club (217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202) on Sunday, April 26 from 2:00-3:30pm to welcome Angela Flournoy, debut author of The Turner House. She will be speaking and signing copies of her work. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Book Beat. For further information or to reserve a copy of the book, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. This event is co-sponsored by Book Beat, the Scarab Club, and the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.
“An expansive and ambitious novel that descends through the generations of one family’s history to achieve real poignancy and power.” –T.C. BOYLE
“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. 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.”- publisher description
“Encompassing a multitude of themes, including aging and parenthood, this is a compelling read that is funny and moving in equal measure.”–Booklist, starred review
Listen to an interview with Angela on Detroit Today: WDET-FM
The Turner House is Angela Flournoy‘s debut novel. Her 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. Flournoy 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.