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
The main reader was great. The other readers had really flat intonation
Hattie, boy did she evolve, and you knew why she evolved the way she did.
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!
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!!
Authentic, Tragedy, Uplifting
That it is true that children experiencing the same environment can respond differently and be responded to in ways that will mold their behaviors and self esteem. I also liked the fact that siblings will always know how to reach each other.
Can't tell will give away too much.
Hattie. Strong Black women have always made choices and had to live with and through the consequences, without others ever realizing the anguish that went into the decision.
A most read for all women of color!!!
Rich storytelling. Hattie is a character for the ages. Each child's journey was so different and their voices so unique.
I found the book to be extremely telling of Hattie's soul journey. It took us to the very core of her being and it provided questions about harsh relationships with the women in my life, that I always found to be unnurturing. Chronocalling her truth in a manner that was fun, painful and heartwarming was pure genius. An excellent read; one to keep on the shelf and reread to search missed hidden treasures to be found in Ayana's writings of Hattie...all 12 tribes.
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