THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS
On-Sale: June 14, 2016
The four Turner sisters agree on very few things, but on one point they’re in accord: none of them has any interest in performing. Nell is happily married with a baby of her own; 13-year-old Kit’s greatest wish is to stop growing taller; Winnie’s love of learning has her yearning for college; and Gert knows that she wants to live a better life than her mother’s. In 1919, the Turners are barely scraping by. When their father loses his job and their tenuous place barely above the poverty line is threatened, their mother decides to enter her family into the world of vaudeville.
Traveling by train from town to town, the Turner women find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are diverse as their acts. Along the way, the Turners face dangers and turns of fate for which they could never have prepared.
Told in turn by shy Winnie and headstrong Gert, THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS (Gallery Books; June 14, 2016; Hardcover; $24.99) is a story of awakening – to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a New American era.
Juliette can speak about the following topics:
- How her own family history in vaudeville became part of the story
- Her extensive research of vaudeville in America, including photos of stars and locations then and now
- Women’s rights in the early 1900s and how these struggles inspired her characters
- Racial inequality in show business and the complications of biracial relationships in the early 1900s
ABOUT JULIETTE FAY
Juliette Fay is the award-winning author of three previous novels: The Shortest Way Home, Deep Down True, and Shelter Me. She received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Juliette lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. The Tumbling Turner Sisters (Gallery Books/S&S) is her fourth novel.
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**Shelter Me, Juliette’s first published novel, was designated as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2009 by the MA Center for the Book.
**Shelter Me was named to the Indie Next List of the American Booksellers Association.
**Deep Down True, Juliette’s second novel, was short-listed for the Women’s Fiction Award of the American Library Association.
**The Shortest Way Home, Juliette’s third novel, was chosen as one of Library Journal’s Top 5 BEST BOOKS of 2012: Women’s Fiction.
Juliette Fay Book Tour
Saturday, April 2 Wayland Public Library Wayland MA
May 24-26 JBC Event New York, NY
Thursday, June 9 Launch Event Wayland, MA
Tuesday, July 12 Bank Square Books Mystic, CT
Thursday, July 14 Buttonwood Books & Toys Cohasset, MA
Tuesday, Aug 9 Westwinds Bookshop Duxbury, MA
Tuesday, Sept 20 Ugly Dog Books Attleboro, MA
Thursday, Sept 22 Andover Bookstore Andover, MA
PRAISE for Juliette
“This novel of love, dreams, and the everlasting strength of family in the face of adversity is set during the height of Vaudeville, and features the amazing Tumbling Turner Sisters, an act created out of desperation by four sisters determined to save their family from financial ruin. Told from the point of view of Gert and Winnie, the novel perfectly encapsulates the social mores and pressures of the early twentieth century—the Turner sisters dare to dream big, and big things come at a big cost. Don’t miss this page turner!”
—Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
“Filled with energetic prose and colorful characters–you won’t soon forget the Turner girls!”
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
“The Tumbling Turner Sisters come tumbling out of this terrific story, full of life, passion and trouble. Forced into a life in vaudeville, the four young girls and their mother push the boundaries of propriety to achieve their dreams in a world that doesn’t often allow women to have dreams. Gert and Winnie shine as each, in her own way, fights for her right to be who she is. A great piece of historical fiction that rings true one hundred years later.”
—B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist and The Art Forger
“Evoking the entrepreneurial, madcap era of vaudeville, Juliette Fay immerses us in the trials, joys, and dangers of three young women, whose bid for success is as uproarious and heartbreaking as the time in which they lived.”
—C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel
“Packed with lively characters and charming detail, Juliette Fay’s thoughtful prose sheds light on an almost forgotten part of entertainment history.”
—Allie Larkin, bestselling author of Stay and Why I Can’t Be You
“Lovable, memorable characters propel this heartwarming story about the American vaudeville circuit. The Tumbling Turner Sisters makes you laugh while it makes you think, then sticks with you long after the last vibrant page is savored.”
—Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Twain’s End and Mrs. Poe
“Book clubs are sure to fall for The Tumbling Turner Sisters. Through this band of charming young women—and their stage mother, of course—Juliette Fay delivers the history, mystery, and prejudice of vaudeville in a story that is ultimately about the possibility of practice making something perfect (or perfect enough, anyway), the benefits of humor and ambition, and the redemptive power of love.”
—Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Race for Paris
“The Tumbling Turner Sisters explores vaudeville with stunning humanity and sharp humor. Juliette Fay’s novel of sisters forced by their ultimate stage mother into this show business world of fanciful façade hiding cut-throat innards reveals America—from Jim Crow law to skirting prohibition. Like Little Women, these four sisters, facing loss and poverty, reveal a family with an unbreakable core of fortitude and love.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage
“Like vaudeville itself, The Tumbling Turner Sisters will delight, amaze, and surprise you. With a captivating cast of characters, Juliette Fay brings vaudeville, its players and theaters, customs and trickery to raucous life. You will smell the greasepaint, hear the music, and feel the cold, all while cheering for The Tumbling Turner Sisters to survive and thrive.”
—Laura Harrington, bestselling author of Alice Bliss
“An absorbing and heartfelt tale of four sisters in desperate contortions to keep their family aloft. I loved this slice of theatrical history, and Fay’s meticulous research brings to life the vivid playhouses and costumed performers — ingenues and divas, swindlers and sots. I stayed awake far too late wondering whether the girls would come in for a safe landing.”
—Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
“As colorful as its vaudeville setting, THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS made me laugh, cry, and clap my hands with delight as I cheered on these four lovable and spunky sisters. A big-hearted tale of adventure.”
—Ann Mah, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating
“Tinged with searing insight and often hilarious wry humor. ”
—The Boston Globe, Shelter Me
“Fay is one of the best authors of women’s fiction, and her novels are not to be missed.”
—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW, The Shortest Way Home
“A beautifully written novel infused with Fay’s generous spirit.”
—Booklist, The Shortest Way Home
ABOUT THE BOOK
THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS By Juliette Fay
Gallery Books/June 14, 2016/ISBN 978-1501134470/336 pages/$24.99
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