#30 — The Turner House

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Rating: 4/5
  • A tale about a family, a house, a haint, and the city of Detroit; it reminded me a bit of A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Although growing up in a town less than an hour from Detroit, I realized after reading this book is that I’ve viewed the city in the much the same way that others who live further away do — as a punchline, rather than a real place with real people who have built their lives there
  • This book was very focused on the goings-on of a particular family, but it didn’t occur in a vacuum — while the ups and downs of family dynamics could be seen as universal themes without regard to time and place, the story was distinctly contemporary Detroit. Recent American history, time (circa 2008) and place largely influenced the story line without taking away from the realness of the characters and their relationships with one another