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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.
News & 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
“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