In sparkling 'The Turner House,' no escape from haunted Detroit

April 15, 2015 12:07 PM

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In the opening pages of "The Turner House" - Angela Flournoy's wonderful debut novel about an African-American family with 13 children set in 2008 Detroit - the eldest of them is tussling with a ghostly haint, come to pull him out the window of the Turner family home.

It's 1958; Cha-Cha, as he's known, is then just 14. But this specter isn't a passing adolescent fantasy; instead it hovers just out of sight throughout Cha-Cha's life. When he turns 64 in 2008, it comes crashing back into view, sending Cha-Cha into a tailspin that threatens to destroy him.

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