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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis


In The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

Fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd leaves Georgia in 1923 and heads to Philadelphia looking for a better life. But, she marries a man who only causes her disappointment. Her firstborn twins surrender to illness, illness that could have been prevented with a few cents. But Hattie moves on and gives birth to nine more children and raises them with determination and bravery, while withholding the thing they desire most, affection. This is intentional; it's to prepare them for any struggles they face later in their own lives. They are to know that they can carry on, even without kindness or love. Through twelve narratives the story of a mother's resolution and the journey of a nation are shared.

Jacki @ Central


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