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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie von Ayana Mathis
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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (2013. Auflage)

von Ayana Mathis (Autor)

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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 in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Autoren:Ayana Mathis (Autor)
Info:Vintage (2013), 320 pages
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This was a painfully honest book about the pains of motherhood and poverty and it was beautiful in its tragedy. ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
I look forward to reading more from this author but right now I'm a little tired of short character stories and pieces in exchange for no actual plot. Maybe I need to read a thriller or something, but I would like to read a book right now with an actual plot. Anyone of these character pieces could have been turned into its own novel, but except for sharing the same mother, I didn't really feel the connection. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
Dr. Taylor below asked me my reasoning for two stars so I shall try my best to state why


I guess I should be forthright: I'm not someone who enjoys an anthology of short stories. I have a hard enough time saying goodbye to my characters after having just finished a 400page book. While I knew that this would be separate vignettes about each of Hattie's children, I thought it would be better connected. The stories, to me, had little to do with one another and I have to say that I didn't see myself even liking many of these characters. Was it because she spent about forty pages on them? Perhaps.

Not only did this book lack any kind of connection between characters, it lacked understanding, for me at least, between relationships as time progressed. You'll read a story about one of her sons set in the 30s where little to nothing is mentioned of their siblings. The following chapter is set in the 40s and you're suddenly jolted into another sibling's life, trying to think about how this new person relates to the person you just read about in the previous chapter and often, there would be little connection.

I was disappointed by this book. I had started reading The Warmth of Other Sons, which I really ought to revisit and thought this would be a nice, shorter and fictionalized read, especially given Wilkerson's review of the Twelve Tribes of Hattie in the NYT Book Review. I just ended up disappointed, wanting more. ( )
  knittinkitties | Aug 23, 2021 |
Confronting. Brilliant. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
historical fiction (African-American woman and her family, 1925-1980 Philadelphia and the South).
Really strong debut novel! I felt it dragged just a tiny bit in parts (I was probably trying to read it too quickly; this is one of those you want to take a little more time with) but the characters were varied and dimensional. I like the newer cover better (featuring people instead of an inanimate chair) but think the publisher can do even better by not silhouetting all the black-skinned characters (see Little Bee and ). I like a nice, artsy cover as much as the next person, but I definitely think that there are way more Caucasian and light-skinned characters being splashed all over covers and so few black faces (even among the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winners, this is so, though thankfully other major awards have been making a noticeable effort to diversify their finalists). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie attempts to show the warping of the dreams of black Americans who hoped to find a better life in the urban North. This means not only must it bear the pressure of Ms. [Oprah] Winfrey's endorsement, but must also withstand comparisons to two of the epochoal works of American fiction, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Toni Morrison's linked trilogy Beloved, Jazz and Paradise (to say nothing of William Attaway's equally brilliant but underappreciated Blood on the Forge). Few debuts could survive this kind of scrutiny, and Ms. [Ayana] Mathis's doesn't come close. The numerous strands of the plot only sporadically and arbitrarily connect to one another, and Ms. Mathis lacks the skills that a more seasoned author might have to impose a narrative authority on them.
hinzugefügt von sgump | bearbeitenWall Street Journal, Sam Sacks (Dec 10, 2012)
 
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Ms. Mathis has a remarkable ability, however, to inject the most agonizing events with a racking sense of verisimilitude. The chapter in which Hattie desperately tries to keep her ailing twins alive (staying up with them for three nights in a row, making mustard poultices, walking in circles with them in her arms in a steam-filled bathroom) and the one in which she makes the agonizing decision to let her well-to-do sister in Georgia adopt her last child, Ella, in order to give the baby a better life, have an excruciating intimacy that makes us feel we are reliving events in our own families’ lives.
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hinzugefügt von marq | bearbeitenNew York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Dec 5, 2012)
 

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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 in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

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