The Twelve Tribes of Hattie..

I first heard about this book through Oprah’s book club and decided to buy the book that left Oprah speechless. Ayana Mathis tells the story of a 17 year old girl who leaves Georgia for Philadelphia in 1923, and her struggles as a young black woman. By the end of the first chapter Hattie had lost her twin babies to pneumonia which broke her heart, actually it killed her soul because she never recovered and could no longer show love to her other 9 children. Each chapter is a tale of her children’s lives and how they saw their mother. The lack of love affects their characters in different ways, but to Hattie she was deceived into a life she thought her husband could give her but ended up in poverty and the only thing left to do was to make sure her children had food to eat and clothes to wear. There was no time for love and affection. She had to live with her depression for the rest of her life.

I don’t want to say too much about the story but I highly recommend it. It touches on slavery, love, homosexuality and war. You won’t put it down. Convinced?



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