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A New York Times Notable Book
Named a Best Book of the Year byO, The Oprah Magazine * Entertainment Weekly * NPR * Essence * Men's Journal * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Time Out * Denver Post * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus Reviews * BookPage * Literary Hub * Kobo * The Week
"A page-turner. Richly wrought prose and intimate, vivid dialogue. A-." -- Entertainment Weekly
For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone--and some return; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house's fate and to reckon with how their past haunts--and shapes--their future. The Turner House is a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home.
"An epic that feels deeply personal . . . Flournoy's finely tuned empathy infuses her characters with a radiant humanity." -- O, The Oprah Magazine
"In this assured and memorable novel, Flournoy] provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own." -- New York Times Book Review
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Mary Kubica delivers on the promise of her much-praised 2014 debut, The Good Girl, with the chilling suspense novel Pretty Baby. Heidi Wood is zealous about helping other people. Her investment-banker husband, Chris, and tween daughter, Zoe, have grown accustomed to her holding forth on homelessness and poverty. Heidi, who works at a nonprofit organization in Chicago, takes her beliefs to an extreme when she invites Willow Greer, a young homeless woman with an infant, to move in. Willow’s presence changes the family’s dynamics in ways that Heidi never anticipated. Chris is suspicious of Willow and tries to learn about her past. As her background gradually comes to light, the Wood family begins to unravel. Chris, Heidi and Willow each have a turn at narrating the novel, and the shifting points of view illuminate different facets of the plot. Kubica pulls off this kaleidoscopic storytelling style with ease. Her portrayal of a modern family torn apart by conflicting desires is riveting—and all too believable.
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Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World is an inspiring nonfiction narrative about exploration and identity. After she gives birth to her son, Henion is haunted by the feeling that she may never again view the world the way her child does—as a magical place, teeming with possibility. With the encouragement of her husband, Henion—an award-winning travel writer—sets out to reawaken her sense of amazement through an itinerary that takes her from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the bioluminescent waters of Puerto Rico. While pursuing the quality of enchantment that often characterizes childhood, she crosses paths with spiritual leaders, scientists and all manner of travel guides. It’s a fascinating journey, and Henion chronicles it with the heart and eye of an artist. This delightful hybrid of a book blends memoir, history and philosophy into a modern meditation on motherhood and the quest for a fulfilled life.
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A National Book Award finalist that made many “best of 2015” lists, Angela Flournoy’s debut, The Turner House, is a timely, accessible family chronicle that’s sure to resonate with readers. The Turners—Francis, Viola and their 13 kids—lived in their Yarrow Street house on the East Side of Detroit for more than five decades. The year is 2008, and Francis has died. Threatened with the loss of the house, Viola and the Turner siblings must decide what to do. Cha-Cha, a former truck driver and the oldest son; his brother, Troy, a policeman; and their sister, Lelah, a gambling addict, carry the weight of the novel. Overall, it’s a wonderfully compelling exploration of family relationships and the generational changes that have shaped Detroit. Flournoy flashes back effortlessly to earlier eras and mixes in a ghost story for good measure. This is a virtuoso performance from a gifted new writer.