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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie



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Author
Mathis, Ayana
Descriptors
African-American Authors
African-Americans
Dysfunctional Families
Historical Fiction
Mental Illness
Motherhood
Poverty
Racism
Location/Setting:
Georgia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Time Period:
20th Century
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Summary
In 1923 Hattie, a young African-American teen, flees Georgia in search of a better life in Philadelphia. Instead of a wealth of opportunities, she finds nothing but disappointment. Her first heartbreak is the death of her firstborn twins. Nine more children follow and she is determined to prepare them for the hardships of life. Hattie’s story slowly unfolds through the experiences of each of her children.
Critique
This powerful debut novel reads more like a collection of short stories. It is beautifully written, often heart-breaking, but essentially an uplifting testament to a mother’s strength and resilience. Mathis is an author to watch. Recommended.
ISBN
9780385350280
  iBistro
# of Pages
243
Published
2012
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Reviewer's Initials: MA


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