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Publisher Description

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. 
The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. 
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn 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, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. 

Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.

Fiction & Literature
December 6
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Lisa Barton ,

They owe us money

I have both the kindle and iPad. There are quite a few pages missing. One for every four pages. I'm going to continue on my kindle. At least it's accurate.

JessiedaHedgie26 ,

Book fiend

I just can't seem to learn my lesson about these Oprah book recommendations. They are usually so hyped up and then turn out to be disappointing. I also don't care to read about homosexual relations which this book has. I wish I had known before spending my good money on it. Total waste of time and money.

Mama K Says... ,


I really wanted to love this book. I tried reading it twice over the span of two years and I never got further than the chapter on "Six". The chapters were SO LONG and disjointed. I didn't get the feeling that it would all somehow come together in the end. Maybe I'll try a third time when I'm have absolutely nothing else to read.

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