Sometimes I sit for ages and think about what I’m going to pick for my Book of the Week, but sometimes I just know. This week is one of the latter – by the time I was halfway through The Tumbling Turner Sisters I was fairly sure it was going to be this week’s pick. And that was on Tuesday. Sure enough, here it is.
It’s 1919 and Gert, Winnie, Kit and Nell end up performing a vaudeville gymnastics act to try and make ends meet after their father injures his hand and is unable to work as a boot-stitcher. As they travel around the US they experience the highs and lows of show business, make new friends, encounter prejudice and the seedier side of life. Told by Winnie and Gert, you see them grow up as well as their differing perspectives on life on tour.
I love historical novels and I’m always looking for new authors who write good ones. I’ve never read any of Juliette Fay’s books before – although reading the blurbs for them on Goodreads, this looks like it’s not precisely like any of her previous books anyway. This reminded me in some ways of Laurie Graham – who I love – it’s not laugh out loud funny as her characters often are, but there’s a similar tone and slightly sardonic world view.
I really enjoyed this and although I had a few reservations about the end – which I won’t go into here because spoilers – they weren’t enough to annoy me and drive my overall impression of the book down. I’ll be looking out for more from Juliette Fay – and maybe working my way through some of her back catalogue too.
You can get The Tumbling Turner Sisters from Amazon – but it’s only in hardcover and it’s not on Kindle at the moment, so I suspect it’s an American import. Sorry. I try not to do this, but I really did enjoy this so much I wanted to write about it. I’ll try and pick something easy to find next week!