Monday, June 6, 2016
The Turner House
You would think I could have read several books on our trip given we were in flight about 10 hours going and coming, plus we had two days at sea. But I only managed to complete this one.
I picked it up in the JFK airport before heading to Rome. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy was a National Book Award Finalist, so I figured it had to be good.
I loved this story about an African-American family. The book spans about 50 years, telling how the parents migrated from the south, settled in Detroit, and managed to raise 13 children. Each of the children has his/her own issues to deal with ranging from seeing ghosts to a gambling addiction to overeating.
After Francis Turner (the father) dies and Viola Turner (the mother) becomes ill, the children must decide what will happen to the beloved house on Yarrow Street that they all grew up in. The housing market in 2008 makes the house nearly worthless. Everyone has an opinion whether to sell or hold the house.
It was entertaining and enjoyable. Would give it four out of five stars.