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 The Twelve Tribes of Hattie  After sticking with this book for five chapters, I am giving up I don t typically enjoy Oprah s recommendations but this one has been so well reviewed The writing is good but it reads like a series of short stories about each of Hattie s children I would rather have of a plot None of the characters were relatable or likable to me, especially Hattie I have no tolerance for a cold, distant mother Ayana Mathis  I concur with The Chicago Tribune s review Our great novelists give us fully rounded characters whose lives reflect the limitations, the possibilities and the wonder of the times in which they live Mathis gives us a one dimensional portrait of their suffering and little else Ayana Mathis  ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó ✓ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ✓ I heard an interview with Oprah and Ayana Mathis and was intrigued Although I ve given this book 4 stars, I would have liked to see connectivity between the characters The book read like a collection of separate short stories rather than a novel Each of the characters are sadly flawed, with troubled lives, different yet similar to their mother s I loved the picture the author painted of each of them Some of Oprah s comments were insightful, but many were along the lines of oh, I loved that paragraph So what Why is her name part of the title Ayana Mathis s talent as a writer stands on her own merit Ayana Mathis ✓ ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó

» The Twelve Tribes of Hattie » This is a beautiful and heartbreaking book It is a novel, but it is told as a collection of stories, all taken from the complex, broken, and vivid lives of one woman and her family over 4 generations Some have said it is a story of The Great Migration, when Southern Blacks moved out of the South starting around 1915, and it is true that many of the hardships and struggles are representative of families migrating at that time But at its core this book is the story of one family, and that family s unique struggles, both internal and external The stories are told with a poetic voice, and although the jumps through time and context are sometimes jarring, the careful words and vivid imagery keep the narrative grounded The stories are replete with drama, but they contain such truth that by the end of the book I was responding as if they were my family, with all of the love, ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó ✓ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ✓ i have no idea how to rate this book it s beautiful in so many ways, but it s not a book one likes so terribly painful maybe i ll write a review i have to recover first REVIEW 3 23 13there is only one way i can make myself like not appreciate, not admire, not respect, because those i already do like this book, and it is if i imagine it representing the author s childhood in the acknowledgments she writes To the Philadelphia School for Girls, for being a light in the darkest part of my life that would be her childhood now, if i m an author who wrote a book about the terrible suffering the befalls each of the nine children of a cold and distant mother and a drinking, absent father, and i went to great pains precisely to show how terribly fucked up each child of this couple is and if in the acknowledgments i refer to my childhood as the darkest past of my life well, i ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó ¾ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ¾ I read this late last year and at first I was gravitating towards leaving it unrated I thought I wouldn t be able to give it a rating that would adequately express how I felt about what I had read Sure, I liked the writing in some parts and I enjoyed some chapters than others but overall I couldn t say whether I liked or didn t like it hence my dilemma The author set up the book with each chapter being from the point of view of Hattie s children and while some worked, some fell really flat My final decision resulted in two stars 2 Ayana Mathis ¾ 5 really and I think that adequately represents how I feel about it based on GR s system I was so exhausted when I was done and it actually took me awhile to pick up another boo ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó ✓ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ✓ Going to read this despite the fact that s it s Oprah The Great Migration fascinates me Well that was depressing Not a single character to care about and this was NOT the Great Migration that I know about Not reccommended Ayana Mathis ✓ ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó ï The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ¿ Allegorical novel about slavery and race Uses biblical references twelve tribes of Israel in the same vein as Toni Morrison Bleak But, then Oprah loves her some cheerless storytelling Ayana Mathis ï ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó î The Twelve Tribes of Hattie î This was a book that initially I didn t think I would appreciate, as much hype as it was getting, especially being chosen as an Oprah book club pick I devoured The Twelve Tribes of Hattie in 2 sittings, and I can t remember the last time I read a book that I was as interested in This book tells 12 different stories, all from the perspectives of Hattie s twelve children Each story had its own heartbeat and was perfectly shaped into a beginning, middle, and end Each story while told chronologically was not in the birth order of the children and made for an interesting dynamic that I was not expecting Mathis does a brilliant job of seemlessly tying these stories together to tell the main story, which is Hattie s, through ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó 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 , 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 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 Beautiful And Devastating, Ayana Mathis S The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Is Wondrous From First To Last Glorious, Harrowing, Unexpectedly Uplifting, And Blazing With Life An Emotionally Transfixing Page Turner, A Searing Portrait Of Striving In The Face Of Insurmountable Adversity, An Indelible Encounter With The Resilience Of The Human Spirit And The Driving Force Of The American Dream, Mathis S First Novel Heralds The Arrival Of A Major New Voice In Contemporary Fiction From The Hardcover Edition Ù The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ✓ Is there a limit on the amount of love a parent can have for their child If you have than one child, is it possible to have loved your other children so much that you have nothing left for the others Or is it just possible for life to beat you down so much so that you have nothing left to give your children except a place to stay, food to eat and a determination to survive I can t find fault with Hattie Shepherd Giving birth to your first children at the age of 19 in a new city can be overwhelming To find yourself giving birth years later at the age of 46 is surprising Then to turn around at 74 and find yourself mothering your grandchildren, is not an easy road But how do you explain that to your children who only see you as ó read ↠´ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ó

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