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
. Yes. You miss some of the in depth meanings and strength of characters on just one read.
Hattie for her strength of character and freedom of spirit
To portray each character with honesty
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!
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.
This is the truth about motherhood. Hattie's love for her children is evident in the sacrifices that she makes for them and the unconditional love that she shows to them. What a great story. Most of us have many Mother's and grandmother's like this.
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.
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