Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah Book Club 2.0) (Hardcover)
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The newest Oprah?s Book Club 2.0 selection.
The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother?s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis?s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last?glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.
"Mathis weaves this story with confidence, proving herself a gifted and powerful writer."(starred review) 10/15/2012 "[A] piercing debut novel...Ms. Mathis...writes with uncommon narrative authority...conjuring the lives of the Shepherd family with extraordinary psychological precision....[H]er elastic voice is thoroughly her own--both lyrical and unsparing, meditative and visceral, and capable of giving the reader nearly complete access to her characters' minds and hearts." - Michiko Kakutani 12/06/2012 "[T]his is a slim, poetic novel, one that focuses less on American progress than on the small but powerful moments that are strung together, like beads on a necklace, to make one long strand of a family's history." - Melissa Maerz 12/21/2012 "Mathis expertly leads the reader from one linked story to the next....|[She] tempers the more operatic elements with tenderness and knowing glimpses into the human heart struggling to love....The writing here is lovely...." - Isabel Wilkerson 01/08/2013