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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

This extraordinary debut follows Hattie as she she raises her nine children with grit and monumental courage, but no tenderness. Hattie knows the world will not be kind to them and wants to prepare them as best she can. As her sons and daughters buck against their fates, she feels every one of their triumphs and heartbreaks, for they are all bound together. A searing portrait of twentieth century America told through the story of an unforgettable family, a transfixing drama of bitterness and love and a ferocious vision of humanity at its rawest.

This book traces Hattie’s family as they face trauma after trauma, but the story doesn’t focus solely on the trials they face. It’s a courageous reminder of the joy and strength we can find in our families.


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