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December 14, 2017


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The Seattle Public Library announces the 2017 featured work:

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Mariner Books, 2015)


About the Book

Love, sacrifice, pride, and unlikely inheritances; The Turner House is a compelling consideration of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

Growing up in California, Angela Flournoy often visited the place where her father is from, Detroit, Michigan. The fiction she read never depicted the experiences of people like her family – working class African Americans who made up the majority of a city. The Turner House explores this American story.

The Turner House was a finalist for the National Book Award, was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.

About Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy (photo credit John Midgley)Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a May 2015 Indie Next pick and a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice. She was also a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn.

Angela Flournoy will visit Seattle May 8-11, 2017.

Seattle Reads Discussion Guide


Seattle Reads Books and Information for Book Groups

Book group kits of The Turner House will be available to reserve in mid-February. Book groups already registered with The Seattle Public Library may reserve their kits then. Additional copies of Flournoy’s book will be available at all Library locations for informal borrowing by community book groups and individuals.

About Seattle Reads

Seattle Reads is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Seattle Reads The Turner House is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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