by Mathis, Ayana

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Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9780091944186
Published:
17 January 2013
Publisher:
Hutchinson
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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 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.

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Feature / Guardian / Thursday / 14 Nov 2013

    Impac Dublin International Literary Award longlist 2013 › Read full review

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Feature / Sunday Times / Sunday / 23 Jun 2013

    Feature: Everything for the beach - Sunday Times 2013 100 best books for summer

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Feature / Financial Times / Saturday / 20 Apr 2013

    Headline: Maya Angelous remembers her bond with a flawed yet charismatic parent, by Ayana Mathis

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Sunday Telegraph / Sunday / 10 Feb 2013

    Star Rating: 2 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Guardian / Saturday / 09 Feb 2013

    Written with elegance and remarkable poise, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is rather like its heroine – a bit withholding at times, but memorable and with the hint of something formidable glinting under the surface. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Sunday Times / Sunday / 27 Jan 2013

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie / Review / Sunday Times / Sunday / 20 Jan 2013

    The sum of the novels’ interweaving misfortunes is not only gently gripping but, remarkably, as light as a feather. Mathis, despite appearances, hasn’t really ­written a big, tear-jerking saga at all (all the more surprisingly, perhaps, given that it’s just been picked by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club). The individual strands of the novel — each of which is given its own chapter — is as economical and self-­contained as a short story. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie / Review / Sunday Express / Sunday / 20 Jan 2013

    This is an ambitious debut, already praised by Pulitzer and Orange Prize winner Marilynne Robinson and chat show host Oprah Winfrey. It is well-deserved, for this is an epic tale of struggle, oppression, love and loss, told bravely. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Daily Mail / Friday / 18 Jan 2013

    Moving from the Twenties to the Eighties, this is an impressive debut: tender, tough and unflinching. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Sunday Times / Sunday / 13 Jan 2013

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Feature / Sunday Times / Sunday / 13 Jan 2013

    Feature: You read it here first - it's a big year for new novels. Our Books editors pick three authors to watch

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Feature / Sunday Express / Sunday / 13 Jan 2013

    Feature: Sunday Express Books of 2013

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Scotland on Sunday / Sunday / 13 Jan 2013

    Star Rating: 2 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Independent on Sunday / Sunday / 13 Jan 2013

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • The twelve tribes of Hattie / Review / Scotsman / Saturday / 12 Jan 2013

    Star Rating: 4 Stars