The Tumbling Turner Sisters

The Tumbling Turner Sisters Set against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville four sisters embark on an unexpected adventure and a last ditch effort to save their family In the Turner sisters and their parents are

  • Title: The Tumbling Turner Sisters
  • Author: Juliette Fay Katie Schorr Eileen Stevens
  • ISBN: 9781504728287
  • Page: 217
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  • Set against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville, four sisters embark on an unexpected adventure and a last ditch effort to save their family.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 isSet against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville, four sisters embark on an unexpected adventure and a last ditch effort to save their family.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.Traveling by train from town to town, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell 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 ultimately a story of awakening to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era.

    The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay The Tumbling Turner Sisters is predominantly lighthearted and breezy historical fiction, transporting readers back to vaudeville era entertainment and the diversity of acts, gender and race realities, noteworthy current events of the era. The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay, Paperback The Tumbling Turner Sisters takes you on a wild ride through the glory days of vaudeville, following Winnie and Gert as they hit the gritty floorboards of backwater theaters, pick themselves up, and strive again toward laughter filled heights The prose is riveting as the sisters carry their family out of poverty in a time of racially charged political turmoil. The Tumbling Turner Sisters A Book Club Recommendation Jun , Juliette Fay is the bestselling author of five novels, including the USA TODAY bestseller The Tumbling Turner Sisters A graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, she lives in Massachusetts A graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, she lives in Massachusetts. The Tumbling Turner Sisters ReadingGroupGuides The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay In , the four Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping along Their father is a low paid boot stitcher in Johnson City, NY, and the Turners are always one paycheck away from eviction. The Tumbling Turner Sisters A Novel Washington Jul , Juliette Fay s The Tumbling Turner Sisters is just the summer read if, as a kid, you loved tales of resilient, aspirational young Americans facing down tough circumstances think Louisa May Alcott s Little Women, Betty Smith s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Sydney Taylor s All of a Kind Family. Summary and reviews of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Heartwarming and surprising, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is ultimately a story of awakening to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era. THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS Reviews Juliette Fay By turns hilarious and full of unexpected surfacing depths, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is a class act, indeed Highly recommended Historical Novel Society The Turner sisters come tumbling out of this terrific story, full of life, passion and trouble Gert and Winnie shine as each, in her own way, fights for her right to be who she is. THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS Questions for Discussion THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS Questions for Discussion Early in the novel, Gert muses about what she s willing to do to have a bigger, better life Going on tour certainly gives her a broader view of the world, but by the end of the novel, would you say her life is better How does Gert s definition of a Turners Tumbling Home Facebook See of Turners Tumbling on Facebook Log In Forgot account or Create New Account Not Now Turners Tumbling Party Entertainment Service in Jerseyville, Illinois Closed Now turner s tumblingbz Party Entertainment Service Gymnastics

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      Juliette Fay s latest novel, The Tumbling Turner Sisters Simon Schuster , recounts the adventures of a poverty stricken family of four girls who try their hand as an acrobatic act in vaudeville in 1919 It was inspired by the life of her vaudevillian great grandfather Available now for pre order publication date June 14.Juliette has three previous novels The Shortest Way Home was chosen as one of Library Journal s Top 5 Best Books of 2012 Women s Fiction Shelter Me was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Book and on the American Booksellers Association s Indie Next list Deep Down True was short listed for the Women s Fiction award by the American Library Association Juliette received a bachelor s degree from Boston College and a master s degree from Harvard University She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

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    1. While defending another man, the Turner family patriarch damages his hand, and can no longer perform the work which determined his employment. Facing eviction, their mother determines that her daughters will get together a vaudeville act. Putting together a tumbling act and securing an agent of sorts, they first play at small venues and later larger ones, traveling across country.A very likable book, four sisters, who fight at times but always have each others back. Different personalities, diff [...]


    2. The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay is a 2016 Gallery Books publication. I as provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This wonderful historical novel pays homage to Vaudeville while weaving a story around the Turner sisters and their many trials, life lessons, failures and successes, loves and losses. When the Turner patriarch suffers an injury that prevents him from holding a job, his wife and four daughters work on a tumbling act an [...]


    3. This is the most well written, expertly researched and entertaining book that I have read so far this year! Yes, it’s really that good. I don’t give out many 5 star reviews and I wish I could give this one a higher rating.This is wonderful historical fiction that covers the period in our country when vaudeville was at it’s height, this book takes place around 1920. There is so much to love about this book.The subject matter, vaudeville, I knew so little about. This book really makes the re [...]


    4. After winning Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World last year, I was sure I would have to wait a number of years before I won another book from . That had been my previous pattern. Imagine my astonishment when I won this book from in 2016. Not only that, but I won The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin from the following month. I will eventually be getting to that one too. Since giveaways are random and the odds aren't that good, I feel e [...]


    5. It wasn't a career that I was after, it was just that I wanted a life that didn't mean spending most of it at the cookstove and the kitchen sink. - Sophie Tucker, singerQuick and simplistically quaint. Great vacation/weekend reading. The Tumbling Turner Sisters is predominantly lighthearted and breezy historical fiction, transporting readers back to vaudeville era entertainment and the diversity of acts, gender and race realities, noteworthy current events of the era. The author primarily keeps [...]


    6. This was a really enjoyable historical fiction revolving around four sisters set in 1919. I loved learning about the vaudeville acts, what kind of people they were, and what their motivations or hopes and dreams were.


    7. Give me a book about a circus, burlesque, or vaudeville and you've lost me for at least a few days. I was thrilled to get a chance to read ()and review) an ARC of Juliette Fay's upcoming The Tumbling Turner Sisters, about a family of four sisters who, at their mother's behest, take to vaudeville with their tumbling routines to earn money when their father is injured and unable to work.::: The Good Stuff::Fay has very much done her homework. She references actual vaudeville houses of the late 191 [...]


    8. I originally was interested in this novel because I thought it was about a circus act. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was about vaudeville instead. This is my first time reading a book by Juliette Fay and I was highly impressed! I loved the camaraderie between the sisters, meeting other characters from different acts along the way and learning more about them, watching unlikely friendships form, and seeing the development of the sisters' act. I learned a lot about vaudeville [...]


    9. Thanks to for providing a free book giveaway. I was charmed by this book. I loved the main girls' characters and the historical fiction background of a unique subject, vaudeville. It was great writing and storytelling combined. Indeed, Sarah Waters lovers will find lots to love in this author's new book. I can highly recommend. A fun read, with some deeper topics involved to make it a very worthy read.


    10. A DELIGHTFUL READ.“Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.”—Sammy Davis Jr.Second only, perhaps, to running away to join the circus; the boards of vaudeville have always had a special allure. Juliette Fay captures that exciting allure—replete with the parlance and nostalgia of a very unique place and time—in her delightful novel, The Tumbling Turner Sisters.Has it really only been a hundred year [...]


    11. The Turner sisters are Nell, Winnie, Gert and Kit. When their father injures his hand and is unable to work, their mother convinces them to create a vaudeville act and go on the road to make ends meet.The girls become increasingly popular and their act more refined as the months pass. We meet all of the great acts they befriend while playing small theaters around the U.S. I liked the dual narrative of the plot, but it wasn't always necessary. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. [...]


    12. “The Tumbling Turner Sisters” by Juliette Fay, published by Gallery Books.Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – June 14, 2016.The Turner’s have fallen on hard times in 1910. Their only source of income has become disabled and they are faced with falling behind in their mortgage and a dwindling food supply.The four girls, Gert, Winnie, Kit, and Nell find that they have a talent for tumbling. In an effort to supplement their income they turn to Vaudeville. They struggle at fir [...]


    13. I received an ARC of this work in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley; Simon and Schuster; Gallery Books; and the author, Juliette Fay.It is evident from the prologue to the readers that Juliette Fay is both passionate and knowledgeable about the vaudeville era in the United States. In fact, the novel was inspired by and is dedicated to the author's great grandfather. I was initially greatly intrigued by the subject matter (and the cover) and was thoroughly looking forward to b [...]


    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through the 1919 Vaudeville circuit. Stayed up late and walked while I read because I just wanted to know what the next page would bring.I could find faults: the writing is sometimes clunky, the author desperately wants to include every historical fact she's learned, the love stories are a bit predictable -- but it didn't matter. I loved the subject, I loved the characters, I loved the story.


    15. The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay)I'm so pleased that I took time to request and read this novel.It's a heartwarming look at a family facing poverty in 1919.The situation is impossible after father crushes a hand and cannot work.The enterprising mother Ethel decides teenagers Gert, Winnie and Kit and recently widowed sister Nell become an acrobatic act and travel the vaudeville circuit.The story is told in turn by Winnie and Gert.The initial encounter is with timid Winnie and strong wi [...]


    16. I can't wait until everyone can read this. Such a great storye characters come to life and tumble off the page (see what I did there?). Loved itjust wish there were about 100 more pages about the Turner Sisters.


    17. An incredible book about 4 sisters who will do anything despite the odds to save their family. You'll laugh and cry.


    18. The story takes place over 2 years from 1918 through 1920. When their father’s hand is crushed and he’s unable to work, their mother thinks vaudeville will save the four girls and the family. The three teenagers, Gert, Winnie and Kit and widowed Nell put together an acrobatic act. At the auditions they get a spot and an agent, who arranges an upstate NY tour of small vaudeville houses. We see the behind the scenes of this world and watch each of the girls discover themselves. Lots of great c [...]


    19. I won this advanced copy in March, it arrived in May and I saved until now for book club. I was a bit apprehensive as vaudeville life doesn't particularly interest me, but this book was far from focused on vaudeville. The family worked in vaudeville in order to earn money and they got better as time went on, but it really was about family, survival, the harshness of life and the beauty. And, about the people, the family met during their travels. The end was so well pulled together. I felt like I [...]


    20. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/2**I received an advanced readers copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**This book was set during the Vaudeville era which I knew absolutely nothing about. Before opening the book I thought it meant circus only to find out that it was a series of stage shows featuring all kinds of different acts, skills, and talents. In 1919 when this book began and before movies, television and radio were consid [...]


    21. It was just ok. I was expecting a bit more regarding character development and likability of characters. It seemed like it could be a book where you could develop an attachment to the characters but it was as if the author didn't have enough pages to get that effect. They were all sketched with pretty broad strokes and none of them were really that likable. The author touched on Prohibition, the 19th Amendment, the KKK, and miscgenation (which was the most interesting to me), but really didn't d [...]


    22. This book is an interesting and enjoyable look at vaudeville (fictional story with factual note at the end). I like historical fiction, particularly of this time period (around 1920 in the U.S.), so this is right up my alley. The characters were well written and I cared what happened to them throughout the book. Those main characters are a family of 4 girls-women and their mother, with the focus on two of the sisters (Gert and Winnie) as alternating narrators. I liked how the book ended and I hi [...]


    23. *Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC from the editor for an unbiased review of this book. Fay has written a fun and engaging story that is set in the Vaudeville days of the early 1920's. Informative and captivating, it is the story of how the Turner sisters found themselves on stage, their experiences, and the people they meet (including a young Archie Leach, later to be known as Carey Grant).


    24. In her latest book, Juliette Faye gives her readers a glimpse into the life of Vaudeville entertainers. It is evident that she has done her research on the era as she describes what life was like for someone who earned their living on the Vaudeville stage. Life was hard and competition fierce but there was a definite camaraderie between the entertainers. I enjoyed learning more about how certain acts were chosen, the order in which they'd perform and their very unique abilities.Faye also adds in [...]


    25. I quite enjoyed reading THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS, a light historical fiction concerning vaudeville. When the father of the family crushes his hand and can no longer work as a cobbler, the strong willed mother pushes her 4 daughters into vaudeville to save the family. The book is interesting and a perfect summer read!



    26. The Tumbling Turner Sisters is entertainment in words. I love the vaudeville aspect of the story. The traveling, the shows, the performers, and of course the drama is all part of the charm of the book. I enjoyed the interactions between the Turner family and the different performers. The timeframe made some friendships taboo, yet Juliette Fay did not shy away from developing them. The ages of the performers made me concerned at some friendships yet they seemed to work. My biggest worry in this s [...]


    27. This was a very interesting and entertaining story about a lot of different things. Mostly Vaudeville, the girls growing up, America growing up, racism and people just trying to make a living. I especially liked the quotes from the mostly ex-Vaudevillians at the beginning of every chapter. I had no idea that Cary Grant got his start in an acrobatic troupe in Vaudeville. That was very surprising to me. The story was not only enjoyable but informative as well. The author acknowledges the facts and [...]


    28. Well that was fun. Reminiscent of Water for Elephants we are immersed in Vaudeville life after WWI. Four Turner sisters, their mom and son/nephew hit the circuit as an acrobatic act. I enjoyed the historical information, not usually my thing. The characters were great and the storylines just carried me along. Alternating voices of the two middle sisters, Gert and Winnie, worked well.The money storyline woven throughout is the only jarring note, too much turmoil and things going awry. And reading [...]


    29. 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.


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