Angela Flournoy

2015 National Book Award Finalist; 2015 New York Times Notable Book; National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree; Finalist 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize;
2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction;  and 2015 NAACP Image Award
 

My novel The Turner House explores identity, family history, urbanism and The Great Migration, among other topics. My craft topics presentations include: Researching the Historical Novel, Dialogue and Code-Switching in Fiction, Perspective and POV in fiction, and the role of time and memory in creative writing.


An expansive and ambitious novel that descends through the generations of one family's history to achieve real poignancy and power. —T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Women

Utterly moving and tough as nails, The Turner House is a love story as immense as the family it describes and as complicated as the city that made them. A clear-sighted ode to the bonds that make and break us, to resilience across generations, to shared joys and solitary struggles, Flournoy's debut is as fresh and bold as they come.' —Ayana Mathis, New York Times bestselling author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

A complicated portrait of the modern American family emerges in Flournoy's debut novel...Flournoy's writing is precise and sharp...The novel draws readers to the Turner family almost magnetically. A talent to watch. —Kirkus Reviews

Angela Flournoy's brilliant [book] The Turner House is about no less than the joy and aggravation of being a human being in a large family, in a house, in a city, on this earth. This book is so beautifully written, so perfectly observed and heard - it's about aging and parenthood and above all that misunderstood lifelong union, siblinghood - but it's also pure pleasure to read: funny, heartbreaking, with the sort of characters you'll miss like family when you finish. The Turner House is an absolutely wonderful novel.'' —Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant's House

Angela Flournoy's The Turner House is masterful: a novel full of history and lies and the myths that can bring a family together, or tear it apart. There are touches of grace and humor in this generous and humane portrait of a family, and a city, in transition. This is a beautiful, elegant, and living novel, one that you will savor until the last, moving paragraph. —Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

Angela Flournoy's extraordinary debut novel, The Turner House, is as compelling, unforgettable, and beautifully told a story as I've read in ages. The real and the supernatural, the hardships and hard won triumphs of the tightly knit, at times warring Turner clan will pull you close to this family's generous, dignified heart. While each of the thirteen siblings (and their parents) could carry a book on his or her own, here they remain indelibly linked by the complicated bonds of history and belonging - and by the promises of their heartbreak city, Detroit. —Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

 

Biography

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for the New York TimesThe New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa.