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'The Turner House' by Angela Flournoy: EW review

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The Turner House

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Angela Flournoy
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre:
Novel

We gave it an A-

The satisfying story of Detroit’s Turner family is portioned in hearty gulps, swooping from Francis and Viola’s past to their adult children’s present. Of the 13 kids, we grow closest to Cha-Cha, the oldest, who’s in therapy because of a “haint” he’s seen since childhood, and Lelah, the youngest, who’s a roulette addict. Both come to realize that being part of a large family can eclipse your identity even while defining it. As the plot threads get tied up in unpredictable ways, The Turner House speeds along like a page-turner. Flournoy’s richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue make this novel feel like settling deeply into the family armchair. A–