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The Turner House por Angela Flournoy
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The Turner House (original 2015; edição 2015)

por Angela Flournoy (Autor)

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"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. 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. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Turner House
Autores:Angela Flournoy (Autor)
Informação:Houghton (2015), 352 pages
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Etiquetas:Black Americans-Fiction, Family-Fiction, Family relationships-Fiction, Detroit (MI)-Fiction, Urban life-Fiction

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This was a really great family saga.

The Turner Family resides in Detroit, MI (my hometown) so that made it especially enjoyable for me. Angela Flournoy's writing is smooth and easy to love. She writes about the Detroit I caroused when I was a YA.

The story is told in multiple time-lines, something I have grown to really dislike. However, she glides you through the transitions( mid 1940's, present day) telling the story of Mom and Dad. The Tuner's eventually have 13 children. Cha-Cha and Lelah are the eldest and youngest of those children, and are the protagonists. The other kids come and go through out the story-line but it never gets overwhelming. Flournoy provides a family tree, just in case the need arises. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
fiction (family drama; African American family from Detroit). Read with I. Wilkerson's nonfiction the Warmth of Other Suns. Recommended by Superstar NPR Librarian Nancy Pearl herself. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I loved this. I grew up in Detroit and have spent all of my life in the surrounding areas and so it was really nice to read a book set there. The siblings, especially Cha-cha are the same age as my parents. My grandparents migrated North as part of The Great Migration and so I see them in Francis and Viola's story as well. They came from Florida and the Carolina's but similar enough. Also the portrayals of addicts and addiction in general were handled in realistic but dignified way. This is just a rich, beautiful study of marriage, family and community. Gorgeously handled. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
A good ol' family story. In this case the family has thirteen children and their offspring, the products of a couple originally from Arkansas who move to Detroit in an attempt to find work and a better life. The book focusses primarily on 3 of the siblings and their current life challenges, with flashbacks to the father and mother in the first year of their marriage. Of the three focal siblings, it is the oldest and his struggles with a haint (type of ghost), his role as eldest, and what to do with their family house that is the backbone of the story.
There's nothing spectacular about the story or the writing, but it is solid and interesting and "normal" without being cliche or typical. A good read with interesting characters (which drives the plot). ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
So, I'm driving my boyfriend's car to brunch, worrying a bit about the various hazards involved in using someone else's property, when I almost tell him that I know a couple who won't even let someone borrow their car to go around the corner if that person isn't registered on the insurance.
Beat. Beat. Who is that couple, though? How do I know them? When did I meet them?

I met Cha-Cha and Tina Turner about a week ago, sitting on an eight hour flight with Angela Flournoy's magnificent novel.

Black characters especially, it sometimes seems, are still far too often tropes, stereotypes or neat moralistic lessons, instead of anything like real people. In the worst cases, these characters are incidental to the plot, foils to the main character, and finished off with some edible skin color descriptors. My current habit of reading primarily works by women of color, and—somewhat unfortunately—not many works at all that haven't been recommended by half a dozen trusted sources, allows me to avoid most of these most egregiously racist characterizations. Still, the vivacity, realism, and life with which Flournoy imbues her characters were not only impressive and powerful, but refreshing.

I love multi-generational family stories. I love novels that bring economic and historical realities home. Flournoy does a great job tracking the history of Detroit, including many of the nuances of the Great Migration, white flight, and various manifestations of contemporary racism. I would recommend this novel for all those reasons as well. But mostly I think that the Turners are good people. You'll enjoy meeting them too. ( )
  AminaIs | Jun 3, 2020 |
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That Flournoy’s main characters are black is central to this book, and yet her treatment of that essential fact is never essentializing. Flournoy gets at the universal through the patient observation of one family’s particulars. In this assured and memorable novel, she provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own.
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Of industrial barns, out of rain, out of bus ride,
West Virginia to Kiss My Ass, out of buried aunties,
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For my parents,
Francine Dunbar Harper
and Marvin Bernard Flournoy,
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In loving memory of Ella Mae Flournoy,
who saw more than I can make up
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The eldest six of Francis and Viola Turner's thirteen children claimed that the big room of the house on Yarrow Street was haunted for at least one night. A ghost—a haint, if you will—tried to pull Cha-Cha out of the big room's second-story window.
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"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. 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. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," 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"--

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