For fans of Orphan Train and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, a compelling historical novel from “one of the best authors of women’s fiction” (Library Journal). 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 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.
First of all….don’t you just LOVE the cover!!! This is the inside of the book….absolutely love it!!
This is actually a coming of age story for these unique sisters and it just happens to take place on a vaudeville tour. This is well researched and hugely entertaining, just like a vaudeville act. Each act is different and each sister is different, but somehow they make it work!
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I adore strong women characters. This book is packed full. It is tough to make it on a vaudeville tour. Their “learning” experiences are strange, to say the least. However, each sister takes their “learning” and uses it to survive.
I enjoy the way this novel is layed out. Each chapter is told in the voice of two of the sisters, Winnie and Gert. Each of these sisters are very diverse in their opinions and their reactions. There are also quotes before each chapter from famous vaudeville performers. These are an added plus.
Through work, tragedy and heartache, these sisters come together to do what needs to be done. Whether it is performing, being a friend, paying for college or even being a nurse, they have each other’s backs.
This is a story I will not soon forget. It truly took me back and I felt like I was sitting there, right along with the girls enjoying the show!
I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as part of the XOXPERTS.