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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world; Willis Hancocks Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character's individual trials. There is a struggle that exists between th ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Inkwater Press (first published December 1st 2013)
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Linda Wells
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world. Willis Hancocks, Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. TURNSTILES speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character’s individual traits. There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one’s own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme. Martin and Willis are both ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, mystery
Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine is another book where there is no proper storyline, instead it follows the trails of three individual's lives, who are indeed psychologically flawed and those flaws of theirs is what constructs the narrative of this book.

I'd like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book.

This Canadian author's story-telling is so awesome that from the very beginning you feel yourself getting pulled into the character’s dark lives. First is
I can't believe books like these are not getting the attention they deserve.

Look, if you know me, you know that I'm a plot-driven reader. I look for solid plots in all the book I read. But this was an exception.

This book centers around three characters. For me it was an intimate look into the lives of people I tended to ingnore so often - a wealthy lawyer, a man who chose to beg on the streets, a woman forced into prostitution. The story follows these three lives and how they become intertwined
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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"Raine handles a long list of characters with dexterity, offering credible emotional histories." -- Kirkus Reviews

San Diego Book Review

How many times have you walked down the street and had a serendipitous moment and thought it luck to have found something, caught the glimpse of a familiar face, or were in a conversation with a complete stranger only to get the feeling that you know the person they are talking about? Tur
Stephen Karr
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine. I thought she did a very good job of weaving several different compelling characters together across different temporal and geographical realms. This book s a rarity among books that I encounter. It is difficult to say the book belongs to a specific genre, but that is what makes it work so well for me. It introduces us to several memorable characters, focuses on each of them throughout the book, and uses them to address numerous i ...more
Lee Ward
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Turnstiles is a very intricate and a very enjoyable book. It follows the lives of three people who are trying to find their place in the world. You see their struggles, and the language and flow of the book is beautifully engaging and very well-written. It is absolutely lyrical. Highly recommended read.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a great read! Three lives intertwined irrevocably. No matter how far they may travel, and for how long they are gone, they find themselves once again drawn to one another. I see sort of a Dostoyevsky sort of setting is my mind when I read it which is great because he’s actually one of my favorites. This is a great book, thank Ms Raine for the refreshingly different story!
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent realistic fiction with some hard-hitting characters

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This is an excellent book with some very well-etched characters. There should be more books like these but unfortunately too many books these days are filled more with 'telling' than 'showing'. This book however shows more and tells less.

Martin's own suppressed thoughts and feelings are greatly described in this passage: "Martin was painfully aware of his free wil
John Collins
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
*a few spoilers.

What a wonderful book from a promising author. It is a novel composed of different stories featuring different main characters who are interconnected through the events of the story, sometimes becoming entangled completely, and sometimes going off in different directions. Because of this wandering the novel is never boring, and plot twists come out of nowhere, even if I did find some things about the book implausible.

The stories feature people who are living on the street or near
James Sillwood
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the quality of writing in this novel. Some of the descriptions, particularly of the streets of Paris, are so beautiful that I found myself re-reading the same passages and savouring the words. This author is clearly a poet and paints a vivid picture with her words.
I would describe theme of this book as philosophical. The three main characters, Martin, Willis and Evelyn spend a great deal of time thinking about their past and what has led them to their current situation. Ques
Stephan Myers
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Immediately intriguing, Turnstiles is the debut novel from author Andrea McKenzie Raine. A clever and well considered telling that weaves three extraordinary tales. Three fractured lives that harbour a deep seated need to find meaning beyond the pale. Each life inexplicably changed by the vagrancies of chance. It’s a bold and engaging read that demands reflection on the trials and tribulations of our lives, the paths thrust upon us and those we might choose, with Raine ably distilling a sense of ...more
Cheryl Alsippi
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Andrea has a way of writing that puts you right in the middle of the scene, struggling every step of the way with the three main characters of Turnstiles, as they go through their individual lives digging deep, trying to make sense of their direction, their weaknesses. Three strangers, whose lives intersect in a bizarre fashion; something that makes you realize that you never know how your own life will impact that of another human being. A well-written story that renders the characters very rea ...more
Roy Huff
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with wonderful character development and an intriguing plot line that takes you in unexpected places, Turnstiles is original and unique. If you have the time, give it a read. Highly recommended.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Turnstiles is one of those understated books that draws you in and gets you thinking that you know how it is all going to end and when you suddenly realize you have been cleverly duped. It really got me thinking about the hand we are dealt and what we choose to do with it.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved a free copy of this book though Goodreads. An enjoyable read.
Divya Mahajan
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine is a rather a log of 3 individuals from different walks of life as they try to fit in this world and escape from their own prison of circumstances and emotions.
There is no single story but their lives cross each other at different times.
The book is intriguing and pulls the reader in its grip. The plot also discusses various social issues but is not in any way melodramatic and also not a fairytale. But a real life picture that holds out hope and is never too mo
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
*Please note: Some spoilers*

Chosen from the Book Club Reading List, Andrea McKenzie Raine’s debut novel “Turnstiles” is a tale about three individuals whose lives intersect with one another in complex ways, illustrating the human condition through a kaleidoscope aimed at their stories. Each and every one of the main characters are all very unhappy with where their lives have brought them and their stories weave into one another in very intricate ways. Marty is homeless and aimless in life by cho
Rating: 3.6

Turnstiles can best be described as the story of the quest for the meaning of life by its three protagonists Martin Sourdough,Willis Hancocks Jr. and Evelyn.It follows the lives of these three who are from three different countries,whose means of livelihood are so radically different that ideally there should never have been any reason for their paths to have crossed.But meet they did and it is their chance meetings with one another at different times that prove to be serendipitous,w
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marty has lived on the streets of London for a long time. He considers himself isolated from the world at large, a decision that was made by choice, but he’s quickly realized that a person cannot live an isolated existence. He decides that he needs to reenter society, but has no idea how to do so.
Then he met Willis.
Willis is a powerful attorney who just inherited a law firm and a small fortune from his late father’s estate. The only problem is that Willis doesn’t want it. When he meets Marty on
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Turnstiles” weaves together the lives of three seemingly disparate characters – Willis Hancock Jr, the alcoholic misogynist who comes from a life of entitlement and privilege; Evelyn/Yvonne, the prostitute who comes from a life of poverty, neglect and abuse; and Martin Sourdough, a homeless person who takes himself half way around the world in an effort to cast off the material world and all its perceived accoutrements.
The author takes us through a journey of these three lives in the most skil
Glen Hepker
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such remarkable work!

It is truly an honor to write a review for this impeccable work by Andrea McKenzie Raine.

I believe that this is in no way an exaggeration - Andrea truly is an artist/writer of the highest caliber, and Turnstiles is splendidly consistent with this level of artistry.

Please know I do not say this lightly - with this book, she has offered us a work which is impeccably written, quintessentially resplendent, and with a powerful, deeply moving much so that I (humbly
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since Andrea McKenzie Raine is also a poet, I expected the writing in this novel to be beautiful, and I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect was how much of a page-turner Turnstiles would be. I found myself staying up late into the night, trying to keep my eyes open just so I could find out what happens to these intriguing characters. I also found myself caring about what happened to them, and thinking about them when I wasn't reading the book. In addition to the compelling characters and t ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Turnstiles is a real page turner that almost makes you feel like you are wandering the streets and watching the characters' journeys unfold right before you. Some expected and unexpected twists, and moments of being caught off guard with certain dark moments and interesting crossroads, keep the reader wondering what may or may not happen. The goodness of humanity and all its weaknesses, and particularly hope and compassion flow through the story. Interesting plot as to how the characters lives a ...more
Beth Hale
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine. I saw the read now option and thought, why not? I didn't have to be at work until the evening and decided to spend a couple of hours reading a book by a promising author. I could not stop reading. It was all I could do to tear myself away long enough to get ready for work, and then I was back at my computer to finish the story. The plot is complex and draws you in from the very start. Her characters are deep and honest and are woven together ...more
DK Simoneau
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
As with many books there are positives and negatives. I am always a fan of stories told in the point of view from multiple characters. I did not love that there were parts that were told again from another character's view. I found the language to be beautiful, but the story disconnected and slow moving. I was intrigued in how these characters ultimately related, and I enjoyed the unraveling as I went along. Ms. McKenzie Raine is for sure an author to watch for as she develops. This was beautifu ...more
Danee Pateman
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Turnstiles has an unpolished realness to it, much like a great documentary film. It's stripped down, gritty and raw. The characters have lived at the epicentre of dysfunction for so long they have learned how to walk through fire and just keep walking - away from everything and everyone. It's not until they collide, by fate or luck or happenstance that they finally confront themselves. I know this confrontation is just the beginning of their healing and I'm eager to follow their stories into the ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really great book! It centred on some very human characters and the struggles they face. I enjoyed "watching" them grow. I think many of us can partly identify with at least one of the characters. Andrea McKenzie Raine is also a published poet and this is very evident in the writing style. The book is filled with descriptive passages that say volumes more than the number of words they are written with. I can't wait to read more from this author!
Erik Therme
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Turnstiles, by Andrea McKenzie Raine, is a ‘free-flowing’ type narrative that follows three individuals as they struggle to understand their place in society and the world. It’s very well-written (as other reviewers have mentioned, it’s clear that Andrea is a poet and knows her way around words), and my only complaint is that the dialogue occasionally felt stilted and forced. Outside of that, Turnstiles is an enjoyable read and one I would read again.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. The storyline is really quite clever and though the idea of separate lives impacting others is not an original storyline, Andrea McKenzie Raine adds her own original twist to make a really engrossing read.I am certainly looking forward to her next release and have her on my watch list.
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Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victor ...more

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