The Turner House

The Turner House

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged.
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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," 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: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781504612630
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (12 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Ojo, Adenrele
Overdrive, Inc


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EKGO Oct 11, 2016

There is nothing remarkable about the Detroit family portrayed in this novel, except maybe its notable size (13 children, now all grown)
The old Turner House is the focal point of the story. Viola, the aging matriarch, has had to move in with her son, Cha Cha, and his wife, leaving the family home empty.
Eldest child Cha Cha discusses what to do with the house, and on some level, what to do with their declining mother, while, at the same time, youngest child Lelah is down on her luck, squatting in her mom's house, trying to get back on her feet.

Family history builds through Viola's early years with her husband, Francis, as well as the siblings' memories of childhood, culminating in Cha Cha's quest to face the haint who has been haunting him for decades, Lelah's mission to accept and define herself instead of defining herself through others, and the rest of the family to figure out what to do with the Turner House.

Readers who come from large families will most likely enjoy this story of a regular city family, following it from its beginning to its transition to the next generation.


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