The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathishattie
I chose this book because it had a sticker that said Oprah had put it on her list.  I figure if Oprah recommends it, then it should appeal to my community library customers.
After her fathers murder, Hattie’s mother flees north with her daughters to Philadelphia to start a new life.  Hattie’s life takes one turn after another for the worse.  Her husband is neither truthful, faithful or hard working.  There is no room or money for the tribe of children Hattie brings into the world and she uses all her energy just trying to keep them alive, with no tenderness left for her family.
Told over 60 years through the eyes of her grown children, as well as Hattie, you feel her pain which does not softened at any stage in her life. The narration gives you glimpses of life in different settings.  Filled with guilt and sacrifice, this historical novel tells a sad yet relevant story of a life that many have lived.  A good, worthy book of an unhappy life.

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