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

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "Multiple readers with mixed quality"
    Where does The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The main reader was great. The other readers had really flat intonation


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

    Hattie, boy did she evolve, and you knew why she evolved the way she did.


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    Carol 01-07-13
    Carol 01-07-13

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    "Like a soap opera"

    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!

    3 of 4 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 2011
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gaile Dry-Burton 08-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Very intense story. Tells of the drama of a family torn from the familiarity of their roots. Excellent reader. I will recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "But for a Mothers Love"

    Great Book Enjoyed each chapter. Hattie is Moma at her best. Good story telling !

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    VIOLET ADAMS-GIBSON 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "UNIQUE AND FRESH"

    it puts a hook in you and won't let you go. the only thing that I regret is that I didn't find out what happened to the baby she gave to her sister but then again the book had to end

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    A.M.R 05-03-17
    A.M.R 05-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

    This book was revititing and deep. It demonstrated the faith of a woman and the struggles she faced raising her children. She was resilient and showed strength throughout her life.:

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    Carolyn Harris-Muchell 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This is my family and yours."
    If you could sum up The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, Tragedy, Uplifting


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't tell will give away too much.


    If you could take any character from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A most read for all women of color!!!

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    Makela N Benoit 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing novel"

    Gripping from beginning to end. The characters were well developed, as well as the story line.

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    Christopher S. Doyle Honolulu HI 03-23-17
    Christopher S. Doyle Honolulu HI 03-23-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Moving family drama"

    Rich storytelling. Hattie is a character for the ages. Each child's journey was so different and their voices so unique.

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