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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie KINDLE The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie Author Ayana Mathis Vinoschilenos.eu Having Fled The Horror Of The American South For A New Life In Philadelphia, Hattie Shepherd Finds That Her American Dream Is Shattered Time And Again A Husband Who Lies And Cheats, And Nine Children Raised In A Cramped Little House That Was Only Ever Supposed To Be Temporary.Hattie Keeps The Children Alive With Sheer Will And Not An Ounce Of The Affection They Crave She Knows They Don T Think Of Her As Kind But How Could They Understand That All The Love She Had Was Used Up In Feeding Them And Clothing Them Spanning Six Decades, The Lives Of This Unforgettable Family Form A Searing Portrait Of Twentieth Century America The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie Is An Extraordinary, Distinctive Novel About The Guilt, Responsibility And Heartbreak That Are An Intrinsic Part Of Ferocious Love.


10 thoughts on “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

  1. says:

    Rating 3.5 starsAw, hell How am I supposed to rate this There s some powerful writing here, but the structure of the novel prevents it from gaining much momentum Each chapter is devoted to one or two of Hattie s children, and after they get that one chapter, they re mostly abandoned for the remainder of the novel Each character has to be introduced and developed within the space of one long chapter, never to be heard from again mostly once their time in the spotlight has passed Adding to the discontinuity are the long time gaps between chapters You get Philadelphia and Jubilee in 1925, followed by Floyd in 1948, then Six in 1950, and so on Instead of a novel, it begins to feel like a series of interconnected stories, with one or two characters binding them all together Hattie is the only character we can connect with throughout the entire book, and often that connection is from a distance Does this mean I didn t enjoy the book No Ayana Mathis is a mighty fine writer She seems to write from a place of understanding the hearts and minds of a people whose history offered them limited options, often resulting in self destructive behaviors In 1923, Hattie moves to Philadelphia as ...


  2. says:

    After sticking with this book for five chapters, I am giving up I don t typically enjoy Oprah s recommendations but this one has been so well reviewed The writing is good but it reads like a series of short stories about each of Hattie s children I would rather have of a plot None of the characters were relatable or likable to m...


  3. says:

    This is a beautiful and heartbreaking book It is a novel, but it is told as a collection of stories, all taken from the complex, broken, and vivid lives of one woman and her family over 4 generations Some have said it is a story of The Great Migration, when Southern Blacks moved out of the South starting around 1915, and it is true that many of the hardships and struggles are representative of families migrating at that time But at its core this book is the story of one family, and that family s unique struggles, both internal and external The stories are told with a poetic voice, and although the jumps through time and context are sometimes jarring, the careful words and vivid imagery keep the narrative grounded The stories are replete with drama, but they contain such truth that by the end of the book I was responding as if they were my family, with all of the love, anger, and remorse that that implies To me, that is the author s greatest accomplishment here, that she made these stories so ...


  4. says:

    i have no idea how to rate this book it s beautiful in so many ways, but it s not a book one likes so terribly painful maybe i ll write a review i have to recover first REVIEW 3 23 13there is only one way i can make myself like not appreciate, not admire, not respect, because those i already do like this book, and it is if i imagine it representing the author s childhood in the acknowledgments she writes To the Philadelphia School for Girls, for being a light in the darkest part of my life that would be her childhood now, if i m an author who wrote a book about the terrible suffering the befalls each of the nine children of a cold and distant mother and a drinking, absent father, and i went to great pains precisely to show how terribly fucked up each child of this couple is and if in the acknowledgments i refer to my childhood as the darkest past of my life well, it seems to me i m inviting the reader to gather that i had a distant, emotionally disconnected mother and an absent father, a...


  5. says:

    I heard an interview with Oprah and Ayana Mathis and was intrigued Although I ve given this book 4 stars, I would have liked to see connectivity between the characters The book read like a collection of separate short stories rather than a novel Each of the characters are sadly flawed, with troubled lives, different yet similar to their mother s I loved the picture the author painted of each...


  6. says:

    Going to read this despite the fact that s it s Oprah. The Great Migration fascinates me Well that was depressing Not a single character to care about and this was NOT the Great Migration that I know about Not reccommended.


  7. says:

    I read this late last year and at first I was gravitating towards leaving it unrated I thought I wouldn t be able to give it a rating that would adequately express how I felt about what I had read Sure, I liked the writing in some parts and I enjoyed some chapters than others but overall I couldn t say whether I liked or didn t like it hence my dilemma The author set up the book with each chapter being from the point of view of...


  8. says:

    Allegorical novel about slavery and race Uses biblical references twelve tribes of Israel in the same vein as Toni Morrison Bleak But, then Oprah loves her some cheerless storytelling.


  9. says:

    This was a book that initially I didn t think I would appreciate, as much hype as it was getting, especially being chosen as an Oprah book club pick I devoured The Twelve Tribes of Hattie in 2 sittings, and I can t remember the last time I read a book that I was as interested in This book tells 12 different stories, all from the perspectives of Hattie s twelve children Each story had its own heartbeat and was perfectly shaped into a beginning, middle, and end Each story while told chronologically was not in the ...


  10. says:

    Is there a limit on the amount of love a parent can have for their child If you have than one child, is it possible to have loved your other children so much that you have nothing left for the others Or is it just possible for life to beat you down so much so that you have nothing left to give your children except a place to stay, food to eat and a determination to survive I can t find fault with Hattie Shepherd Giving birth to your first children at the age of 19 in a new city can be overwhelming To find yourself giving birth years later at the age of 46 is surprising Then to turn around at 74 and find yourself mothering your grandchildren, is not an easy road But how do you explain that to your children who only see you as cold and uncaring Somebody always wants something from me, she said in a near whisper They re eating me alive As you read, you ll be caught up in the lives of Lloyd, the musician Six, the wonder boy preacher the high strung and insecure Alice, who pretends her brother Billups needs her when, in reality, she s the one that desperately needs him Bell, who seeks revenge against Hattie when all she really wants is to know the secret joy her mother found once upon a time and countless others Mathis dedicates chapters to the various offspring, but their interactions as children aren t explored as much as they are as adults She wants you to see who they ve beco...


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