In 2017 Seattle Reads The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Set in Detroit in 2008, post-economic crash, we meet the Turner family as the 13 adult siblings must decide what to do with their family home, worth only 1/10 of its mortgage. As we get to know three of the siblings better, we also get the story of how the Turner patriarch arrived in Detroit after World War II, part of the Great Migration. Flournoy will be in Seattle for a series of events May 8-11; find the full schedule here.
We hope you’ve read, or are planning to read, The Turner House. Perhaps you enjoyed the way Flournoy brings to life the dynamics of a large African-American family, or the way the city of Detroit is almost a character in itself. Perhaps you’re wondering – what do I read next? Fret not, our librarians have put together a list of fiction for fans of The Turner House to help you out.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
A mesmerizing character-driven coming-of-age novel about three African American young adults asks how we balance relationships with personal decisions to move forward in our lives.
The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang
Having lost their riches in the crash of 2008, the Wangs embark on a curious and frequently hilarious odyssey searching for fortune and finding family.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Ghana, 1760: Two half-sisters, two diverging paths, and seven generations of human history unfold across two continents in this stunning saga of the African diaspora.
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
When Amina’s dad begins conversing with dead relatives, she’s called home to New Mexico, where she investigates her family history and the reverberations of a fateful visit to India twenty years before.
Loving Day by Mat Johnson
Reluctantly returning home to a dilapidated Philadelphia mansion, Warren Duffy discovers he has a teenaged daughter who is more at home in her biracial skin than he is.
Almost Crimson by Dasha Kelly
CeCe Weathers struggles to create a life for herself and emerge from the shadow of her mother Carla’s depression, while honoring her obligations and coming to terms with her great, conflicted love.
Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser
Certain that “only the demented move to Detroit,” David Halpert returns home to care for his parents and finds a resilient heart beating sure and strong beneath the apparent blight of his native city.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Hattie Shepherd thought she’d left trouble behind when she fled Georgia in 1923 for Philadelphia, but the City of Brotherly Love winds up being anything but.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
A young woman escapes slavery but is haunted by the ghost of her dead child in this moving Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that plumbs the depths of slavery’s traumatic and corrosive impact on individuals and society.
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Politics, culture, race, art, and artifice—all are subject to controversy at any gathering of the highly diverse Belsey family in this provocative and scintillating comedy of manners. A favorite of Angela Flournoy’s.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Trials and tragedies draw the Whitshank siblings together around their aging parents, forcing them to grapple with old hurts, family lore, and love in this perceptive and compassionate novel.
No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
“The Great Gatsby” is brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.
~ posted by Andrea G.