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The Turner House is a novel written by Angela Flournoy. The book was published in 2015 and was Flournoy's debut novel.

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The story tells the tale of an African American family in Detroit. The multi-narrative novel features stories from various members of the Turner family, which spans for five decades throughout the twentieth century.

The primary characters prominently featured in the novel include Francis Turner, the patriarch of the Turner family. The wife of Francis is Viola Turner, a former sharecropper in Arkansas.

The oldest son of the Turners is Charles Turner, also known as "Cha-Cha." He sees a ghost in their house as an adolescent, and this becomes a recurring theme throughout the book.

Francey Turner is the oldest daughter, while Lelah Turner is the youngest of the siblings. Later on in the book, Bobbie is introduced. He is the grandson of Lelah. Brianne is the daughter of Lelah and mother of Bobbie.

Before moving to Detroit, Francis was mentored by Reverend Tufts. It is Reverend Tufts who motivates Francis to move north. Francis meets Odella Withers, the owner of a boarding house, whom Francis has an extramarital affair with.

Quincy Turner is the second son of Francis and Viola. Russell is the third son of Francis and Viola. Marlene is the second oldest daughter of the Turners, while Lonnie is the fourth son to be born.

Antoinette, also known as "Netti," is the third daughter of Francis and Viola. Miles was born after Netti and became the fifth son of Francis...

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