The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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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 quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.' Oprah Winfrey

 
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis

Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia.

Hattie's is a tale of strength, of resilience and heartbreak that spans six decades. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and cheats and nine children raised in a cramped little house that was only ever supposed to be temporary.

She keeps the children alive with sheer will and not an ounce of the affection they crave. She knows they don't think her a kind woman — but how could they understand that all the love she had was used up in feeding them and clothing them.

How do you prepare your children for a world you know is cruel?

The lives of this unforgettable family form a searing portrait of twentieth century America. From the revivalist tents of Alabama to Vietnam, to the black middle-class enclave in the heart of the city, to a filthy bar in the ghetto, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an extraordinary, distinctive novel about the guilt, sacrifice, responsibility and heartbreak that are an intrinsic part of ferocious love.

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    $26.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099558705
    Published: 06/09/2013
    Imprint: Windmill Books
    Extent: 352 pages
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    ISBN: 9780091944193
    Published: 04/01/2013
    Imprint: Hutchinson
    Extent: 256 pages
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    ISBN: 9780091944186
    Published: 18/01/2013
    Imprint: Hutchinson
    Extent: 256 pages
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    ISBN: 9781448134397
    Published: 20/12/2012
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"A vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstance and yet deeply a family. Its language is elegant in its purity and rigor. The characters are full of life, mingled thing that it is, and dignified by the writer’s judicious tenderness towards them. This first novel is a work of rare maturity.'" - Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of GILEAD and Orange Prize-winner of HOME

"‘Beautiful and necessary from the very first sentence. The human lives it renders are on every page lowdown and glorious, fallen and redeemed, and all at the same time. They would be too heartbreaking to follow, in fact, were they not observed in such a generous and artful spirit of hope, in a spirit of mercy, in the spirit of love. A treasure of a novel.’" - Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of TINKERS

"An unexpectedly uplifting reminder of the resilience of the human spirit" - Good Housekeeping