The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

Hattie Shepherd is a young black woman who, in 1923, leaves Georgia for the promise of opportunity in Philadelphia.  Unfortunately for Hattie, she marries a man who is irresponsible and unfaithful, and her life is wracked with sorrow and disappointment.

I really wanted to like to book, but I had such a hard time with it.  First, each chapter was a story about Hattie’s various children, and while the chapters were chronological, they jumped in time, setting and character so much that it became difficult to follow.  Each chapter could have stood alone, but only two of those chapters actually managed to attract my interest.  It’s too bad, because the story of Hattie and her children held so much promise.

2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
303 pages


About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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