The Tumbling Turner Sisters

  • by Juliette Fay
  • Narrated by Katie Schorr, Eileen Stevens
  • 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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There's No Business Like Show Business

A delightful and entertaining story of life on the vaudeville circuit. The characters are engaging, and the story, while nostalgic, is not sugar coated. I enjoyed this tremendously !
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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

I really love this book!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tumbling Turner Sisters to be better than the print version?

Yes - the two readers do an excellent job.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tumbling Turner Sisters?

When Dainty Lucy sang "Oh Papa". I cried as I listened to the lyrics being read and imagined the little girl singing them. Also, the description of the movie "Birth of a Nation" was interesting as I had never seen the movie and did not know what it was about.


Have you listened to any of Katie Schorr and Eileen Stevens ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had never heard them before, but now I will seek them out.


If you could rename The Tumbling Turner Sisters, what would you call it?

My Life in Vaudville


Any additional comments?

This is the best book I have listened to so far.

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- clridenhour

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.