The Turner House
The Turners are a cornerstone on Yarrow St in Detroit, long after the city crumbles around them. Home to thirteen children, the Turner house sees a lot over the years. Errant children, strong relationships, broken relationships, a city on a downslide. The book bounces between present day with the Turner children grown up and the past, with their parents just beginning to build their marriage. At times, it was hard for me to follow which character was speaking and in which time frame, but overall, I enjoyed this book.
Before I Go
Not yet 30, Daisy is diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and given 4-6 months to live, maybe more if a clinical trial is successful. Having already beat breast cancer once, Daisy thought she was done with cancer. Daisy isn't really troubled with the thought of dying, as much as she is the thought of being gone. Who will clean her husband's dirty socks and keep the refrigerator organized in her absence? With these thoughts, she sets forth to do one thing before she dies: find her husband a new wife--but this only makes the thought of losing him that much more painful. What I loved about this book was that it didn't focus on Daisy dying, instead it focused on her living those last few days.
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