The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

December 6, 2012|
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
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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.

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From its devastating first chapter to its perfect last sentence, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie never ceases to astonish. Ayana Mathis’ first novel is one of the strongest debuts of 2012, and will be talked about, shared and loved for years to come. Mathis tells the story of Hattie Shepherd as she and her family navigate, negotiate, and...

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AYANA MATHIS is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she studied under Paul Harding and Marilynne Robinson, and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.The Twelve Tribes of Hattieis her first novel.
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Title:The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 1 in
Published:December 6, 2012
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781443423465

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