THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS Reviews

“In this novel of love, grit, and the everlasting strength of family, the Turner sisters dare to dream big. Don’t miss this page-turner!”
~ Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times 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

“With humor, affection, ambition, and a talent for weaving in history, Fay brings the world of 1910s vaudeville vividly to life through the travails of the tenacious Turner family.”
~ Publishers Weekly

“Readers who delight in books set around the 1920s or feature the theater will adore Fay’s spunky coming-of-age tale. The pace is as rapid as their tumbling, and the appealing characters add to the enjoyment readers will feel from a story with gumption.”
~ Romantic Times

“Juliette Fay’s fun-house turn on Little Women is a tour de force. 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. 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

“In a plot as fresh and ebullient, as energetic and frenetic as a well-timed live show, the author spotlights a vast cast of convincing, colorful characters, each with a distinct voice and personality. Deftly directed by Fay, the Turners, their fellow vaudevillians, and America itself make us shudder, shed a tear, chuckle, cheer — and, on occasion, hiss and boo.”
~ Washington Independent Review of Books

“Juliette Fay’s charming fourth novel is inspired in part by her own family’s history in vaudeville, and she dives into the era’s rich history with unbridled enthusiasm. Following along as the fierce, feisty Turner girls come into their own is a joy.”
~ BookReporter

“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

“VERDICT: Readers will applaud these hardworking sisters. Fay’s charming fourth novel pulls back the curtains to reveal the colorful lives in vaudeville.”
~ Library Journal

“When hard times force the four Turner sisters onto the Vaudeville circuit, the adventure begins. Juliette Fay provides a warm and wonderful cast of characters who will tumble their way into readers’ hearts. Settle in for long reading session – you won’t want to take a break from these sisters until you turn the last glorious page!”
~ Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior MN

“A rollicking ride of independent women and their time on the stage.”
~ Read It Forward

“Evoking the entrepreneurial, madcap era of vaudeville, Juliette Fay immerses us in the trials, joys, and dangers of four 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

“The great-granddaughter of a vaudevillian, Fay brings an unrivaled verisimilitude to the community of hardworking, resilient, and spirited entertainers who created their performing lives out of both desperation and desire.”
~ Booklist, American Library Association

“The Tumbling Turner Sisters was such a treat to read, and I enjoyed it immensely. If you love historical fiction, strong female characters and want to know more about the world of American vaudeville, this book is for you.”
~ Elissa Englund, Bank Square Books, Mystic CT

“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

“Compelling characters and meticulous research create an engaging narrative that manages to be both charming and thought-provoking.  The wide-ranging audience appeal makes this an ideal book to either pick up for a friend or take home and enjoy on a rainy weekend.”
~ Kristen Gilligan, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

“The prose is riveting as the sisters carry their family out of poverty in a time of racially charged political turmoil. Through Juliette Fay’s multilayered characters, I feel the sister’s entanglements and passions as if they were my own.”
~ E. B. Moore author of An Unseemly Wife and Stones in the Road

The Tumbling Turner Sisters explores vaudeville with stunning humanity and sharp humor. 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

“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 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.

“Book clubs are sure to fall for this band of charming young women—and their stage mother, of course. Fay delivers the history, mystery, and prejudice of vaudeville, spotlighting 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

“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

“Like the fabulous days of Vaudeville itself, at once funny and poignant and memorable. These four sisters are endearing and entertaining and bookclubs are going to lap this one up – as will readers of historical fiction everywhere.”
~ M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Language of Stones

“As the girls and their mother become immersed in the grueling vaudeville circuit, their mettle is tested. They are forced to discover who they are and the realities of life amid romantic attractions, con men and issues of women’s rights and racial discrimination. Fay’s historical novel probes the personal lives and questions of the era with adventure and aplomb.”
~ Shelf Awareness