National Book Award Finalist
Nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, "Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author"
Short-listed for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, Fiction
One of the National Book Foundation’s "5 Under 35"
Short-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Finalist for the 2016 New York Public Library Young Lions Award
Winner of the 2016 Paterson Fiction Prize
Finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist ?Award
Short-listed for the Ernest Gaines Award
Short-listed for The Morning News 2016 Tournament of Books
Long-listed for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for A Debut Novel
Long-listed for the 2016 Chautauqua Prize
?Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017
An Amazon Top 100 Editors' Pick of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of 2015
A New York Times Editors' Choice
New York Times Paperback Row
Short-listed for the Winter 2015 Lariat List
Short-listed for the Medici Book Club Prize
A Michigan Notable Book 2016
Black Caucus of the ALA—1st Novelist Award Winner
Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Awards
One of O, The Oprah Magazine's "10 Favorite Books of the Year"
One of Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NPR "Best Book of 2015"
One of Buzzfeed's "The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015"
One of Bustle's "2015’s 25 Best Books, Fiction Edition"
A Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2015"
A Kirkus "Best Fiction Books of 2015"
An Essence's "Best Books of 2015"
A Time Out New York "Best Book of 2015"
A Detroit Free Press "Must-read novel of 2015"
A Literary Hub "Best Book of 2015"
One of Men’s Journal’s “The 35 Best Books of 2015”
One of the The Week's "Best Fiction Books of 2015"
A Denver Post “Best Fiction Book of 2015”
One of BookPage's "Best Books of 2015"
A Kobo.com "Must-Read Fiction Debut of 2015"
BAM Top Pick for Spring 2015
May 2015 Indie Next Title
One of Literati Bookstore's "Best Books of 2015"
Morning Sun Bestseller
“An engrossing and remarkably mature first novel...Flournoy’s prose is artful without being showy. She takes the time to flesh out the world...In her accretion of resonant details, Flournoy recounts the history of Detroit with more sensitivity than any textbook could...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.”—New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
"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."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-)
“Flournoy has written an epic that feels deeply personal...Flournoy’s finely tuned empathy infuses her characters with a radiant humanity.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Angela Flournoy's knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel, as it hits all the points of American life: family, real estate, money, ghosts and loss. Set mostly in Detroit during the financial crisis of 2008, the book tells the story of the 13 adult children of Francis and Viola Turner, who must decide what to do with their family house. The characters are fascinating and funny, and anyone who has played a role in the ecosystem of his family life will recognize the joys and challenges that plague the Turners. But perhaps the strongest character is Detroit itself, as it morphs from bustling modern metropolis to a potent symbol of post-industrial decline."—NPR, "Our Guide to 2015's Great Reads"
"When a made-up family feels as warmly real as the Turners — Francis, Viola, and their 13 children — your heart takes note. And when that perceptive, generation-spanning work turns out to be a debut, so does the National Book Award committee, which short-listed Flournoy’s beautifully written novel for its fiction prize. Whether you’re sitting in oldest son Cha-Cha’s therapy sessions, praying for Lelah to overcome her roulette addiction, or following the years young Francis and Viola spent apart, by the time you reach the book’s end, you’ll almost feel like a Turner yourself."—Entertainment Weekly, "10 Best Books of 2015"
“An elegant and assured debut."—The Washington Post
"Poignant and timely."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Flournoy’s National Book Award–nominated debut does an incredible job of bringing both a family and a city to vibrant, poignant life."—Buzzfeed, "The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015"
"A sprawling family history that delves into the Detroit housing crisis and the potential legacies the past holds, Angela Flournoy's first novel will be remembered as the start of a brilliant career."—Bustle, "2015’s 25 Best Books, Fiction Edition"
"Epic, ambitious and strikingly executed, The Turner House is an impressive debut novel. In the grand tradition of family dramas by the late Bebe Moore Campbell, it is lively and entertaining, with subtle humor and engaging voice. Flournoy manages the difficult feat of skillfully telling the stories of 13 children, their parents and accompanying spouses and love interests in an irresistible style. Here we have a deeply satisfying portrayal of relationships among those to whom we, for better or worse, are related by blood."—The Root
"Nobody can take you from joyful to infuriated as fast as your brother or sister. Similarly, the ups and downs of the 13 siblings that populate The Turner House, the first novel by Angela Flournoy, whip from laugh-out-loud to heart-crushing. Still, she proves even bonds that have stretched a mile long have the ability to snap back."—Essence Magazine
"With The Turner House, Flournoy has written an utterly unsentimental love story that, rather like the house on Yarrow Street, manages to make room for everyone."—Christian Science Monitor
"A fierce and tender debut novel...Angela Flournoy is the literary anthropologist of Detroit, not so different from the way a young Philip Roth was the literary anthropologist of Newark."—Paterson Fiction Prize Citation
"As a hate-to-admit-it only child, I have always been fascinated by siblings, and The Tur...