The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 30, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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"The opening pages of Ayana''s debut took my breath away. I can''t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison." -OPRAH WINFREY

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 collard greens, old southern remedies and sheer love. Saddled with a husband who will bring her nothing but disappointment, she prepares her children for a world she knows will not be kind to them. Their trials are the trials upon 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 30, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410772

ISBN - 13: 9781443410779

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The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 30, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410772

ISBN - 13: 9781443410779

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"The opening pages of Ayana''s debut took my breath away. I can''t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison." -OPRAH WINFREY

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 collard greens, old southern remedies and sheer love. Saddled with a husband who will bring her nothing but disappointment, she prepares her children for a world she knows will not be kind to them. Their trials are the trials upon 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.

Editorial Reviews

"A vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstance and yet deeply a family. . . . This first novel is a work of rare maturity." -MARILYNNE ROBINSON, AUTHOR OF HOME

"Beautiful and necessary from the very first sentence. . . . Ayana Mathis has written a treasure of a novel." -PAUL HARDING, AUTHOR OF TINKERS

"One by one, each of this book''s twelve chapters sounds a depth charge into a character''s life, a charge so powerful we forget we''re reading. . . . We are simply with someone, on a journey, that began long ago and has one determined, sometimes deranged source. Her name is Hattie Shepherd and it''s a name you''ll hear a lot in years to come." -TORONTO STAR

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