“Turner House” Author Angela Flournoy at Southfield Library, Sun., May 15

25897901National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy will be at the Southfield Public Library (26300 Evergreen Road Southfield, Michigan 48076) on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00pm to discuss and sign copies of her debut novel, The Turner House, as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2016 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.” Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage. The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat. For more information, please contact the Southfield Public Library at (248) 796-4200.

“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.

“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


The Turn-1er 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.


The 2016 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book. Media Sponsors are Mittenlit.com, City Pulse, Dome, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography.

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