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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis

The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

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.

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  • Cathy M.

    Terrific discussion with interesting insights on the book's many characters.

    1 · March 18, 2013

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    I'm sorry I didn't RSVP sooner. Got out of work late and this rain put me off driving out West. See you all next month

    March 18, 2013

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    Sorry, won't be able to make it tonight. Enjoyed the book though. Hopefully will meet you all next time.

    March 18, 2013

  • Donna

    Unexpected out of state visitors. See you next month.

    March 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    still on the waiting list for the book, hope to see you next month

    March 17, 2013

  • Doug

    I was on a waiting list for 3 weeks and I can't get the book! Have a great discussion.

    March 15, 2013

  • Gloria

    The book for April is "A False Dawn" by Tom Lowe

    February 20, 2013

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