“The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away,” said Winfrey, OWN CEO, “I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a debut of extraordinary distinction, telling the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. Following the indomitable Hattie Shepherd and her nine children through sixty years of desolation, passion, courage and salvation, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life.
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“A remarkable debut,” —Publishers Weekly, featured starred review.
“Ayana Mathis writes with blazing insight…stunning authority, clarity, and courage,” —Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review.
“Cutting and emotional,” —Kirkus, starred review.
“This first novel is a work of rare maturity…The characters are full of life…A vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstance and yet deeply a family.” —Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping
“A treasure of a novel…Beautiful and necessary from the very first sentence.” —Paul Harding, author of Tinkers
A special Oprah’s Book Club 2.0™ digital edition is available with Oprah’s notes on her favorite passages, which will be highlighted or underlined, and accompanied with a special companion reader’s guide. These notes and the special companion reader’s guide will also be available on oprah.com/bookclub.