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!
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!!
What a page turner with each persons story it draws you in further and further, I grew up with many Hattiesburg and the life lessons they gave us, strengthen us and made us a little more aware or wiser.
Each of the 12 children had a "everyday issues" just as our families do today, to include drug addiction, mental issues, sexuality that others do not either accept or acknowledge, fear of being left behind or guilt. Interesting to later write all of these issues or traits down next to the children's names and see that these make us every average American, both black & white.
I really don't know why this was regarded as a great book. so glad I listened to this while already in my car as opposed to wasting a Saturday afternoon. just a listing of characters, her 12 children. I kept waiting for characters to come together, to intermingle or something. what was the intention of the book? what was the message? so underwhelming!!!!
This book was recommended to me however I was not wowed by it. I kept waiting for the stores to intertwine but they rarely did. It may have been a better read than on audio. Though I did feel the performance was done well. I lost track of siblings and dates so it felt very disjointed.
Excellent book!! I appreciated the complexities of the characters, especially the matriarch of the story Hattie. The author introduced many issues plaguing this family. Issues of love, lost, and abandonment was woven throughout. At various points of the story the author reminded you of the time period of the story and shared how issues of race, class, gender, and religion were interconnected amongst the members of the family and the community in which they lived. I did not particularly like the ending. The author left many questions unanswered. Overall I enjoyed the book a great deal!!
In the beginning I had trouble following but once I understood how the story was being told I was able to follow along effortlessly...you must pay attention. What a rollercoaster ride of a journey...Beautiful story.
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