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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) | [Ayana Mathis]

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

A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-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.
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A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America.

In 1923, 15-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.

Captured here in 12 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 glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life.

©2013 Ayana Mathis (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 12-14-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 12-14-12 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"

    Hattie bore eleven children. In the death of her first two, twins, Hattie becomes a shell of a woman. She is a victim of circumstance, from the times, from her relationships and from herself. Her husband August can't or won't be the man she needs yet he was the one person who shined with love, passion and tenderness toward the children.
    The writing was superb; the twining of the twelve tales worked. I felt the ending abrupt and a bit disappointing.And I am so glad to have experienced this book.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12
    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "For me...So So"

    I have read many of Oprahs book club books so I was a little disappointed by this one. Don't get me wrong it was very well written and the narrators were great but the story itself wasn't as intriguing to me as other book club books have been. I usually find books written like this one a refreshing change (each chapter is its own little story adding to the 1 big story) but with this book I felt like I never really got invested in any one character which made me not invested in the overall big story. I finished listening, it was entertaining but it did not resound with me in the way I thought it would.

    I believe that personally I am not in a place in my life to fully appreciate this book which is why I do not discourage anyone from giving this book a shot. I think there are tons of people out there who will really "get" this book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susie New Rockford, ND, United States 01-29-13
    Susie New Rockford, ND, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!

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    "Not as good as I expected- narration is fabulous"

    I have never been one for Oprah’s books usually a sticker saying she picked it makes me run the other way but this one sounded like one I’d really enjoy…however…

    I am not sure what to say about this book it is well written but the choppiness of all the stories made it a little hard to follow, it seemed like just when you were starting to care about one of Hattie’s children the story would jump to another. Also Hattie was not that likeable it doesn’t seem like she was a good mother or that August was a good father or that they were good together. It seemed like losing those first 2 babies turned Hattie’s heart to stone yet she went on to have more and more children and didn’t seem to love any of them all that much. Also each of these children is extremely flawed and I think the author is saying it is the way they were raised but it seemed no one rose above no one did better it seemed that the poverty that gripped Hattie gripped her children too and it set them down paths to unhappiness. I’m sure this is a realistic depiction of some families and how circumstance will mark you forever but I think I would have liked this story much better if even one these children had been given a happy ending of some kind. Also the ending was so abrupt I thought I had missed downloading a part.

    The audio production: this book was narrated by, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin,& Adam Lazarre-White I have only listened to Bahni before and I am a huge fan, I was also very impressed with the other two narrators they both did a great job but Adam Lazarre-White was hands down the new narrator find for me he is fabulous reminded me a lot of Dion Graham he has that silky low voice but Adam’s had a little more gravel to it which I really enjoyed I will be looking for more narrated by all these narrators!

    I would read another book by this author because her writing was very good but this book was just kind of middle ground for me.

    3 Stars
    5 Star Narration

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Ingleside, TX, United States 01-02-13
    Julia Ingleside, TX, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "good read"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) again? Why?

    yes, at parts I did not want to stop listening


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I could almost visualize the character speaking as the narrator was reading, the narrator was that good.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) and why?

    Hattie, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    did not like the way it ended...an abrupt end...but then, maybe I did not want it to end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Anchorage, AK, United States 01-18-13
    Ashley Anchorage, AK, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Different View"
    What did you love best about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    I felt like this book was very well written. I went into the book knowing nothing about the story, and was amazed how well it is crafted. This really showed me a different kind of life that I have never been properly exposed to. There are so many horrific parts in the book that enraged me, and made me grateful for the day and age we live in now. Truly an enlightening book. Bravo.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    I think the part when Six is shipped from home, and makes such a name for himself is the most memorable for me. I thought it was very ironic that he was curing people, giving them life, when he was so depressed and lifeless himself. Also near the end of the book Hattie refers to Six as "lost", that he was going to be a troubled soul forever. This was sad to me, because I feel like nobody is lost, with the right support anybody can get better.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This narrator was perfect for this book, because she brought the characters to life with the hint of accent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-13
    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great soul searching read"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautifully written book and the narration was of the highest quality.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) and why?

    Hattie herself. She was such a proud woman but sometimes our pride can have unintented consequences.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a sad story. I think after reading this you can't help but do some soul searching and reflect on how you raise or are raising your children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 01-04-13
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 01-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good one!!"

    I like the way this book was written, it was a great find!! I would highly recommend it. I looked forward to listening to this one every chance I had!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karin United States 01-02-13
    Karin United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the greatest books of all time!"

    This is easily one of the best books I have listened too. In a word this work is BRILLIANT! What Ms. Mathis does with language and imagery awes me at every step. The structure, the style, the prose - all perfection.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The story was not complete"

    I totaly got into the book, but it ended with out completeing what happened to the
    characters,were the decisions made good for them.

    Like the baby Ella who went home with her Aunt was this good for Ella. Was Hatties sacrifice the right sacrifice. The gay son where did his life go. the wealthy daughter who was a witness to chld molestation what happened to her and her brother.

    why was Hattie so angry, who did she blame for the loss of the twins. Why did she just seem to ebb and flow with out any emotion other than anger.

    Iloved the book as far as it went but it left to much out .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 01-16-13
    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Insightful"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) again? Why?

    . Yes. You miss some of the in depth meanings and strength of characters on just one read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hattie for her strength of character and freedom of spirit


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    To portray each character with honesty


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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