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In 1923, seventeen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia for
Philadelphia, where, though her first two babies die because she
can''t afford medicine, she keeps nine children alive with old
southern remedies and sheer love. Saddled with a husband who brings
her nothing but disappointment, she prepares her children for a
world she knows will not be kind to them. Their trials are the
trials on which the history of America was forged, a tribute to the
resilience of the human spirit, and a force stronger than love or
trouble: the determination to get by and get through. A searing
portrait of an unforgettable family, an emotionally transfixing
drama of human striving in the face of insurmountable adversity and
a ferocious vision of humanity at its most threadbare and
elemental, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie introduces a writer
of the very first order.