I usually enjoy books recommended by Oprah. But this was really hard to get through. Too many characters, and not really enough time spent with any of them.
The book made me feel warm like hot tea and cool like cool glass of water all at the same time. The writing kept me engaged, very visual writing. I definitely recommend giving it a chance.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Think of this more as a collection of short stories about members of the same family rather than as a well developed novel. Each member of Hattie's family is developed within its section, but hardly, if ever, reappears in the book. I longed for the stories to be pulled together and for this to be a more complete novel. It lacked that.
This book takes you up and down, mostly down, but in a good way. Does that make sense? I'm trying to say that while what you are reading is somewhat depressing, mainly because it deals with human suffering and emotion. But the book is so well done and the narration does such a good job of supporting the good writing that you don't mind the depressing parts. Hattie is always there, for good and for bad, just like the red violin as it traveled through history.
I am fascinated by the history of slavery and the strong black race that had to endure. I cannot fathom the idea that one human is treated so horribly by another human.
This book seemed to have no flow. I couldn't keep track of what was going on and who was who.
I just assumed, being an Oprah's pick,that this would be good. I didn't bother to look at reviews ahead of time. Lesson learned, read the reviews.
I was just trying to get through the book. I didn't finish. Read reviews on Goodreads.com for better judgements.
Yes I would, I love the twist and turns of the different characters
The many characters
My favorite character was Hattie herself, the strength she had.
This book gets at the core of what it is to be human. Yes, it is about the Great Migration, but it is about love, loss, regret, hope and so many other more subtle emotional aspects of the human psyche and heart. I was amazed by this author's ability to evoke so many different emotions in me. It was a wonderful intertwined tale that I will recommend to others. Thank you, Oprah, for recommending this one. Absolutely fabulous.
The narrators were all wonderful.
Too many to detail.
Read this book!
Each chapter is written as it's own story. The first chapter was tragic and well done, but as the book wears on the stories become less tragic and just more miserable, unrelentingly. Hattie becomes more difficult to relate to.
I'd cut 80% of the chapters.
Do more of what makes you happy. :)
I really salute Ayana Mathis for creating this world of Hattie's that not only kept me wanting to read more, but beautifully weaved and intertwined each story, while maintaining the unique voice to each chapter.
There were so many moments in this book that lingered with me, and had me imagining life as Hattie or one of her children and the defining moments of their lives. And the narrators did a fantastic job in further sinking me into the story. Mathis was very convincing in creating so many emotionally real and sadly tragic characters I will not soon forget.