The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

By Ayana Mathis

Reviewed on: 06 2013 | Category: Adults

In 1923, Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment

and watches helplessly as her 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, a world that will not be kind. 

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