The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

  • Sep 26, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.  Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.  She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. 

Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream, Mathis’s first novel heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So I just bought a book called 1001 books to read before you die and I was wondering if y'all would like me to bring it to the meeting to see if we can get inspiration for our next book.

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It has books from the 1800's on up. Not sure how many are from 2000~today but it has books from the 20th century.

      September 19, 2013

    • Bana W.

      Yeah I think we are only going to stick to contemporary books from now on, only because we have a bad track record with classics. But you can always bring it if anyone else wants to peruse it! :)

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ladies! I'm sorry I can't make it to this one, we'll be out of town. Happy Reading!

    September 20, 2013

  • Bana W.

    Hey ladies sorry I had to schedule this date because the 19th was already booked

    August 23, 2013

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