Twelve Tribes of Hattie: Ayana Mathis

black girl lost...in a book

I first read a review for The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis on Reads4Pleasure’s blog. Not long after, the book seemed to appear everywhere. Not to mention, Oprah selected the book for her Book Club 2.0. Here’s a quick summary:

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…

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