The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 6, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. 
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.

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If I am still reading at one in the morning it means that I am loving the book. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Captivated by the characters. Would love sequel highlighting other family members. Read full review

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This powerful book about a young girl searching for a better life is one that readers will never forget. This book is filled with themes of salvation, family, friends, and love. Readers are embarked on journey that will have them in tears with a broken heart filled with compassion. The main character, Hattie Shepherd is one that readers have a bond with as readers will be wanting to jump into the pages with her to cry or help Hattie. Mathis does an incredible job at bringing Hattie to life as readers will have an instant connection to her. This book is great for young adults as it will leave them appreciating the life they live and the family that they have, especially their mother.  

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About the author (2012)

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is her first novel.

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