This was a truly enjoyable novel to read. I was drawn into the story of the Turner family by the first page and maintained my interest throughout.
Between the pages the story deals with racism of all sorts, women's rights, prohibition, education, and family. The Turner family depends on each other strongly for support as they attempt to make their way in the world when suddenly their income is lost. The novel delves into the rather unglamorous world of Vaudeville and shares with us the many characters that make it their livelihood and create small road families with the other performers. There's a fun character in there named Archie, who in real life went on to become Cary Grant!
I highly recommend this book.
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The Tumbling Turner Sisters
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
In 1919, the Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping by. Their father is a low-paid boot-stitcher in Johnson City, New York, and the family is always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father’s hand is crushed and he can no longer work, their irrepressible mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best—and only—chance for survival.
With so much at stake, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell take to the road, and soon find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are as diverse as their acts. There is a seamier side to the business, however, and the young women face dangers and turns of fate they never could have anticipated. Heartwarming and surprising, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is a story of awakening—to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era.