The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Publish date: January 15th 2013
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African American
Following the story of Hattie and her 11 kids from different POVs, this book provides a good example of 'what it means to be black in America' without victimism. Here, African Americans are not goody two shoes, perfect examples of human beings who turn to be just tokens/objects/plot devices to showc...
This struck me as a collection of well written essays on life in Philadelphia (and to a lesser extent, Georgia), post 1925, when 17 year-old Hattie moves north with her mother and sisters. Immediately the difference between living as a Black in The North, against staying in The South, is apparent to...
"Of course Im angry!" She looked at Bell as though she'd have liked to shake her by the shoulders. "I probably always will be. But I've been mad all my life, and I finally figured out that I couldn't keep carrying that with me. Its too heavy and Im too tired. Time will take care of it, like it d...
I thought each of Hattie's "tribes" had their own unique viewpoint and manner of speaking, which I think is hard for an author to do well.Really liked some of her prose; even highlighted one..."She had been with her share of schemers and men who were forever building castles in the sky. All of those...
This book is divided into sections representing Hattie's progeny. The first chapter takes place in 1925 and the last in 1980, so a lot of time is covered. The format shares a lot with the "short story" format, though there is enough continuity for it to be called a novel. While I was reading it, I w...