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The Turner House
352 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This first novel, a National Book Award nominee, establishes its author as a writer to watch. In telling the story of the Turner family in all its messy glory—gambling addictions, faltering marriages, visitations by ghosts—Flournoy also gives us a spot-on portrait of a Detroit neighborhood in decline and a snapshot of the effects of a troubled American economy on folks who are doing everything they can to stay above water. Ultimately, it's their love for one another that keeps them afloat. 
— Leigh Haber