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
After listening to/reading The Help I was disappointed in this book. It just seemed to go on and on with one life story after another - somewhat like a soap opera. Performance was excellent, however!
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.
The narration was on point. I could really get into the story and loved the way the narrator was able to move in and out of the period dialect and tone.
No. I actually liked the way it was broken up into short stories that were eventually strung together
The book did not leave me completely satisfied in the end. I felt the last quarter of the book were a bit rush and maybe not as well laid out as others.
I would listen to this book again. I feel like I would be able to get a better understanding of the characters.
I enjoyed the descriptive writing and the time progression in this story
There was more than one narrator in this book. The different narrators added to the story.
This book is a little lengthy to sit and listen to in 1 sitting.
Yes, I enjoyed listening to this book.
Yes, I would read another book from this author. Hopefully "Tribes" was an appetizer to more "meaty" work.
I would not say this narrator added nor took away from this book. She performed as expected.
This book had an interesting storyline and started out well. As the tale went along I felt the author got sloppy with her writting. I found it confusing when the children were introduced at random times, as adults. There was no history to reflect on to understand the characters and their flaws except that they were the offspring of Hattie. Each lacked dimension and I found myself asking out loud, "What's going on?" I see the direction the author was headed in but she just didn't seem to get there completely. Overall, this was an ok book. No where close to terrible but not amazing. Hattie was a very sad, angry woman that probably should of never had one child let alone twelve. Unfortunately the reader wasn't privey to the root cause of her anger and sadness.
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