The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

Paperback | October 8, 2013

byAyana 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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Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Pick!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 chil...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443410772

ISBN - 13:9781443410779

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"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