The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: African American Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 10

Plot: Hattie and her family leave the South in the 1920s in search of a better life.  She quickly finds herself pregnant and married to a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment.  She loses her first two children and goes on to raise a series of children with a toughness that alienates them from her.  This book is told in a series of short stories from the perspectives of her children and granddaughter.

Opinion: At first I was really drawn into this book.  However, I quickly grew annoyed with it.  I didn’t like how it would focus on one of the children, but didn’t really give the whole picture of what was going on.   There was snippets of their lives, but then for the most part, it wouldn’t say what happened with that character after that chapter, so I was left with feeling like I read a series of incomplete short stories.  I think it would’ve been better if there had been some mention as to what was going on in each of the characters’ lives afterwards since each chapter was set in a different year.

Next book: The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King


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