The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Paperback)

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    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.
    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 novel, 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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    ISBN 9780804121026
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 385
    Publisher Date 2012-12-06 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Large Print
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.85 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Large Print
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Mathis, Ayana
    Country of Origin United States

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