NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'I can't remember when I read anything
that moved me quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.'
Oprah Winfrey 'Mathis traces the fates of Hattie's 12 children and
grandchildren over the course of the 20th century . . . [it] is
remarkable.' Sunday Times 'Ms. Mathis has a gift for imbuing her
characters' stories with an epic dimension that recalls Toni
Morrison's writing.' New York Times 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.
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